A Picture of Transformation

A Picture of Transformation by Elizabeth and Jim George

I vividly remember teaching a Sunday School class from the book of Joshua-Chapter 2, specifically. It stands out to me because this chapter features the story of the life of Rahab and gives us a picture of transforming faith. I want to share the exciting truths of how God changes a person like Rahab—and you and me—from the inside out.

Does God Save Sinners?

Yes. God can save even the worst of sinners. Have you ever been guilty of thinking that you, or people you know, are beyond God’s help? Maybe you believed that you were too far gone to be reached by the gospel. Rahab might have felt this way. Yet she was never out of the reach of God’s salvation.

Pick your favorite “despicable sinner” and pray for their salvation. Don’t give up on those who seem hopeless. God can change anyone! He didn’t give up on Rahab, and He didn’t give up on you.

Does Faith in God Change Our Lives?

Yes. Faith in God absolutely transforms lives. Rahab heard how God parted the Red Sea and destroyed the nations who stood in the way of Israel’s path. In her heart, she believed in the power of Israel’s God. By faith she chose to stand with Israel, even against her own people. Her transformation was a total transformation, and God honored her faith.

If you're a believer, the work of transformation is already at work and will be complete when you meet Jesus face to face. Paul said it this way, “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6). Until then, are you helping or hindering God’s process? Ask Him to show you any areas in your life where you are resisting His work of transformation. Rahab submitted herself totally to God. Can you say the same?

Will Other People Know That I've Changed?

Absolutely. Faith in God produces fruit. Living faith will grow. Rahab’s faith was acknowledged when she declared to the spies, “The Lord your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath” (Joshua 2:11). With her resolution came immediate fruit as she chose to hide the spies and turn her back on her own heathen people.

In James 2:25, in the New Testament, James uses Rahab to illustrate this point of faith producing fruit when he said, “Was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way?” James brought this truth home when he also said, “Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead” (James 2:17). Be your own personal fruit inspector. “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith” (2 Corinthians 13:5). If you have saving faith, you will produce fruit.

Will My Heart Change Towards Others?

It most certainly will. Faith in God prompts concern for the lost. When she confronted the spies, Rahab’s first concern was for her family. “Now therefore, I beg you, swear to me by the Lord, since I have shown you kindness, that you also will show kindness to my…father, my mother, my brothers, my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death” (Joshua 2:12-13). As God transformed her heart, Rahab developed a concern for the salvation of her family and extracted a promise not only for her salvation, but also for theirs.

RESPOND:

Lord, remind me of the great salvation you gave me and others. May my faith grow as you change my heart, and may others see Your love working in my life. Amen.

RENEWING RESOURCES: 

Every woman who desires to have a faith like Rahab will find a treasure trove of truths and applications in A Woman Who Reflects the Heart of Jesus.

REFLECT:

Do you share Rahab’s heart of concern for the salvation of others? Pray for others to see God’s salvation working in your own life.

REMEMBER:

Remember what your life was like before God saved you. Ask Him to prompt your heart to be more concerned for the lost, starting with your family and friends.


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Jim and Elizabeth George

Jim and Elizabeth George are bestselling authors and national speakers dedicated to helping people live a life after God’s own heart. Together, they have written over 150 books with more than 14 million copies sold around the world. For over 35 years, the teachings and steadfast example of Elizabeth and Jim have helped countless men and women:

  • Simplify life by focusing on God’s priorities.
  • Appreciate God’s Word and apply it to everyday situations.
  • Respond to circumstances with confidence by seeing yourself through God’s loving eyes.
  • Increase closeness in marriage by serving and honoring each other.
  • Powerfully shape the hearts of children and teenagers.
  • Enjoy greater intimacy with God.

Learn more about Jim and Elizabeth George here.

Jim and Elizabeth George

Jim and Elizabeth George are bestselling authors and national speakers dedicated to helping people live a life after God’s own heart. Together, they have written over 150 books with more than 14 million copies sold around the world. For over 35 years, the teachings and steadfast example of Elizabeth and Jim have helped countless men and women:

  • Simplify life by focusing on God’s priorities.
  • Appreciate God’s Word and apply it to everyday situations.
  • Respond to circumstances with confidence by seeing yourself through God’s loving eyes.
  • Increase closeness in marriage by serving and honoring each other.
  • Powerfully shape the hearts of children and teenagers.
  • Enjoy greater intimacy with God.

Learn more about Jim and Elizabeth George here.


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