Now Rahab lied to the soldiers of Jericho who were looking for the spies. She claimed that she did not know where they came from. She said that the men already fled. She did not know where they went (Josh. 2:4-5). But in Hebrews 11, the writer is not focused on her act of lying. Rather, he points out her act of receiving the spies. Her act of receiving the spies was an act of faith. Rahab did not just trust God and sit down there doing nothing. She took action. She received the spies. She hid them in her house.
Faith in Christ is not trusting without working. True faith in Christ takes action. It is a faith that works. Rahab’s faith was demonstrated by works. That is the point of James in James 2:25-26,
And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.
How about your faith in Christ? Is your faith expressed in your works? Are you giving back to the Lord? Are you helping some poor person? Are you encouraging others in the name of Christ? Faith acts. If your faith does not act, it is a dead faith. If it acts, it is a living faith–growing, thriving, and bearing fruit.
Faith takes the risk in obedience to God. Faith persists in obeying God. Faith takes action.