As I look at the thread of redemption woven throughout Scripture, I am amazed at the people He chooses. A few weeks ago I listened to a podcast that took a closer look at the story of Rahab. Her story made me ponder over others in both the Old and New Testament that were saved from lives thoroughly tainted by sin.
I thought of people such as Jacob who paved his own path-one of pride and deceit. God continually promised him blessings, but he had to be brought to his knees before fully submitting to the Lord. Later on, God named him Israel.
Or Moses who was called out from the wilderness where he had fled after murdering an Egyptian. Even though he harbored fears and doubts, God chose him to confront Pharaoh and lead the Israelites out of Egypt.
Rahab was a Canaanite, a people known for extreme wickedness. She herself was a prostitute. But God used her grain of faith to shelter two Israel spies and promised a scarlet cord as her lifeline. Both she and her family were sheltered from the destruction of Cannan.
And there was Paul, who hated the cause of Christ, taking every measure to eradicate Christianity. Jesus met him on the way to another martyrdom. Once an ardent persecutor, he became a fervent apostle.
Those were just a few of the countless people that God transformed. The people God chose were broken, enveloped by sin. In my narrow vision, I would assume them to be too far gone. But when I look closer, I can see my own reflection.
We are all born with souls that cry out to be redeemed. We all have hearts inclined to stray. None of us are past redemption, and none of us are worthy. We are all under judgment apart from God’s grace, a grace completely undeserved. But God chooses to redeem and restore the worst of sinners.
Why? To magnify His grace.
But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God”1 Corinthians 1:27-29