5 And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse;
Only What you Do for Christ
Rahab (or Rachab as she's mentioned in Matthew 1) was not a Hebrewess by birth. She was living in the city of Jericho when she provided protection to the spying team from the Nation of Israel. She was what we would call a 'working girl' in Jericho who lived on the wall with her family.
Now, the Bible mentions her profession while she lived in Jericho. It talks about who in the city knew of her. But, in the passage above, she's remember in the lineage of Christ. In James and in Hebrews, she's remembered for what she did for the spies and ultimately the Hebrew people. Oh her previous job gets mentioned, but it is what she did for the people of God that gets remembered.
This is what stood out for me when we were doing a study of notable women in the Bible for a recent Tea sponsored by our Mother's Board. I had always heard the phrase 'only what you do for God will last' but I had internalized it differently. I always thought that it meant the things we consciously do 'for God' (like we could do anything 'for' God). But it's bigger.
There are things that we all have in our past and even in our present that we're not too proud of, especially when we're walking as disciples. We meet and sometimes succumb to challenges. We sow weeds in our gardens intended for good seed. These things matter and will of course have an impact, but it is what we do with a willing heart toward Christ the REALLY matters.
When we let the Holy Spirit have His way through us, when we yield our will toward Christ and away from our own selfish desires, we put ourselves in a position to be part of Kingdom Building. Whether we are sharing a Word of Wisdom, or completing some mundane, administrative task, when it is an act of obedience it will last. And it will prove to be an important part of the overall plan of God.
None of that other stuff matters. Only what we do for Christ matters. So, today, and everyday, make the day matter.
Oft said, and always true:
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
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