What I would like to know is: Who did Rahab think she was, to be acting so brazenly on behalf of God? I mean, how did she even know what to do?
To whom did she go for advice?
What church prayer chain held her up for a fresh word?
Rahab believed this was "the supreme God of the heavens above and the earth below" (Joshua 2:11). She wanted to act on behalf of that God. So she acted.
That takes guts.
And not always a consensus.
This could also be said of C.S. Lewis. He announced in a 1955 letter that he would no longer write theological pieces—"I now feel quite sure those days are over"—because he was moving on to fiction, he said.
Lewis was falling back "from Christian apologetics into Christ himself."
Lucky for Narnia lovers.
But what about his fans who were desperate for straight-up proselytizing like his earlier, harder-hitting pieces? Lewis abandoned "serious" writing endeavors for a fictional portal of a closet, a mystical lion, and mythical beings?
And. A. Grouchy. Witch?
Yes. If Lewis could consider serious his fictional writing over his apologetic writing, so too can we consider serious our own direction from God.
At the time of Rahab's watershed moments of belief, almost nobody knew. Her people misjudged her. The spies barely knew her. Who would have called her "worthy of your calling" (Ephesians 4:1)?
If your faith walk looks funny, if the next steps in your calling are hard to explain, don't panic. Sometimes God writes it that way.
Here's how the author of the Bible played that out for Rahab. Hundreds of pages later, when superstar-of-the-whole-show Jesus enters stage left, the author outlines Jesus' precious, amazing lineage and guess who makes the list? Rahab. To put that into perspective, guess just how many great heroes of the Bible are listed in Jesus' lineage? (Not a lot.)
We want to protect our reputation (Proverbs 22:1). But when we get fearful about our image? Remember that the list of people who understood Rahab's calling was a lot shorter than the list of people who totally did NOT get her at all.
So you haven't been trained for it? So what.
Knowing God means you know something. That trumps everything. Or it can. If you get a move on already.
Joshua's spies await.
But please, just to be polite—you go first.
Janelle Alberts is a freelance writer and has managed marketing and media relations needs for various clients such as Microsoft, Wells Fargo and UPS.