Jesus is the Perfecter of our faith. Please read our New Testament Lectionary Reading for this second week of August from Hebrews 11:29-12:2, and we will see many “cloud of witnesses” pointing to Jesus. “By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had given a friendly welcome to the spies” (Heb. 11:31). Her identity is not based on her work or the things from her past, or even the labels that other people have imposed upon her person. But her identity is in her obedience to Yahweh.
Let us continue to look up to Jesus, who is the foundation of our identity. Do you have a friend whom you can share the faith-story of Rahab? Invite her or him to run the race with you “that we have to run with patience, our eyes fixed on Jesus the source and the goal of our faith” (Heb. 12:1).