Rahabs of all types reside, recreate, and work in all our spheres of influence. They may not, at first glance, look like the “sort of persons” that anyone would vote most likely to become Christians, but that’s the essence of the adventure of joining God in his quest for friends. He uses all kinds of people to invite all kinds of people to become his friends.
How could we ever know about anyone’s spiritual disposition if we aren’t willing to look past their exterior and delve into what’s beneath? Like the scouts, we’re on a treasure hunt for uncut diamonds, looking beyond their off-putting exterior and tuning into the deep treasure within. As Solomon mused, “The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but a person of understanding draws them out.”
There is a depth to Rahabs of every color and creed with whom we come into contact, something more profound than we might perceive at first glance. They may not yet perceive it, but they’ve got something deep inside them––someone to be, some life to live, something to contribute to the culture. It’s up to us to help them discover their submerged treasure and use it for the glory of God and the good of people.
– Originally published in Reaching Rahab: Joining God In His Quest For Friends