My grandmother gave birth to my mother out of wedlock when she was seventeen years old. The early years of my mother’s life were filled with horrible experiences. My grandmother did not yet know Christ, and because of that many poor choices were made that led to some hardships for my grandmother and also for my mom.
Sometime in the midst of these experiences, my mother received Christ. Her life was changed and eventually my grandmother also received salvation.
They both became mighty women of God. They are prayer warriors, teachers of the Word, and have led many people to Jesus. God redeemed their lives from destruction. He rescued them from alcoholism, abuse, and promiscuity. He transformed their lives and made them new.
I used to think of this testimony as only belonging to my mother and my grandmother, but now I realize it is also a part of my story. It is only by the grace of God that I am saved. It is only by the grace of God that I, a child of sin and darkness, get to walk in the light with God! I am so thankful that God redeemed my family because in doing so He prepared the way for my redemption!
Rahab, a harlot who lived in Jericho, had heard of the mighty things God had done and declared that the God of the Israelites was THE God of heaven and earth. She risked her own safety by hiding two spies who had come to scope out the land. In return, the spies promised to protect Rahab and her family if she hung a scarlet cord from her window and kept their business secret. Rahab was faithful to her word and when the Israelites conquered Jericho, they rescued Rahab and all who were in her house.
Rahab, a foreigner and a sinner, found refuge among the Israelites. She chose to follow their God and eventually became the mother of Boaz and the great-great grandmother of King David!
You can read more of Rahab’s story in Joshua Chapters two and six. Rahab is commended in Hebrews 11:21 for her faith, and in James 2:25 for her works.
The story of Rahab is a beautiful picture of God’s grace and redemption.
Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves; it is the gift from God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
Think about your family’s history.
What has God redeemed your family from?
What sin and destruction has God rescued you out of?
It is only by His grace that you are saved. It is only by His grace that you are free from sin.
Whether you were two or twenty-two when you received salvation, your testimony is worth rejoicing in!
Take some time to thank God for saving you. Thank Him for redeeming your family.
Rejoice in your testimony and ask God to help you share it with others.
Author: Melissa Holmlund