JOSHUA 2:3-6 So the king of Jericho sent this message to Rahab: “Bring out the men who came to you and entered your house, because they have come to spy out the whole land.” But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them. She said, “Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they had come from. At dusk, when it was time to close the city gate, they left. I don’t know which way they went. Go after them quickly. You may catch up with them.” (But she had taken them up to the roof and hidden them under the stalks of flax she had laid out on the roof.) (NIV)
Rahab not only declared her faith but she also demonstrated it. She voiced out her faith and to compliment that she acted in faith when she hid the spies. Her actions proved that her faith declaration were not just mere words. She truly believed what she declared and hence acted in accordance to that.
Actions or works are very important to faith, faith without works is dead. Many would without hesitation speak about their ‘deep faith’ but they have no actions complimenting their faith or their actions speak exactly opposite to their faith declaration. This is mainly because of a confused understanding of the relationship between faith and works. Most of us are taught to believe that works lead to faith, this is not true, what’s true is that faith leads to works. Rahab had faith and hence she acted in faith, it wasn’t the other way around, her action didn’t lead her to faith. So, I would like to encourage us today, let’s not be too over-focussed on works, let’s focus on the faith we have through Jesus Christ and when we do that our faith will be demonstrated through our works or actions.