Wednesday, June 22, 2011

What Have They Heard?

I've always been fascinated with the story of Rahab from the Bible. She was a prostitute and was redeemed from that to become part of the human lineage of Jesus. An incredible story of grace, second chances and what can happen when you put your trust in God.

As she helped the spies from Israel avoid capture and certain death, she begged them to spare her family. She told the two spies that she had protected them because she had heard of the power of God. There is no evidence that she had experienced it herself-just that she had heard of who God was and how He worked in His people. That alone inspired her to want to follow Him.

What do people in our own communities know about our God? Not those that are sitting in a church every Sunday, but the people that are disengaged, discouraged, de-churched or apathetic. What do they hear and know about who our God is? We tend to blame people for misinformation and incorrect presuppositions about our King, but perhaps the fault lies in us not clearly communicating who He is to the world around us.

Let's make it a priority to have our God spoken well of in our cities. That's only going to happen when His people live in peace with each other and are passionate about meeting needs and reaching the lost.

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