God has a heart for the prostitute
What is with all the talk about prostitutes? Between a women’s conference and a Sunday service, I heard many mentions!
- Mary, a former prostitute, learned of Jesus’ resurrection and became the first evangelist.
- Rahab, a prostitute in Jericho, was spared along with her family as a reward for hiding the Israelite spies shortly before the Lord destroyed the walls of Jericho, enabling His people to take the city.
- Warwick Assembly of God was admonished with the possibility of a prostitute whom the Lord saves is able to do more for His kingdom than someone who has been sitting in church for thirty years.
I awaken this morning thinking on these things spoken and come to the conclusion that God has a heart for the prostitute, and that should make you and me very happy.
Have you had many lovers?
Think with me in the context of the heart. Is there one pure devotion or several?
Are you a lover of your position in your company or in ministry?
Are you a lover of your home or a vehicle?
Are you a lover of a person that you feel completes you?
Are you a lover of an ideal state of mind or physique?
Are you a lover of food or drink?
“I am jealous for you with a godly jealously. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to Him. But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:2-3).
Jesus’ words recorded for us in Matthew 23:37 reveal God’s heart for His people. Using the illustration of a mother hen hiding her chicks under her wings, Jesus describes God’s desire to be faithfully present, strong, protective, and comforting; however, there is one thing preventing all of His benefits from being realized:
“… you were not willing.”
Unrequited love stinks. I think perhaps Jesus cried at that moment.
Listen to God speak in response to King David’s seeking satisfaction from another lover. Say these words aloud. Read them more than once and get a feel for the Father’s heart of love.
“… I anointed you king over Israel… I gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you more” (2 Samuel 12:7-8).
Let’s face it. We have all prostituted ourselves. We have One who faithfully loves us – loves us in greater measure than we can ever fully comprehend; still, we look for someone or something else to satisfy.
Yet, because the Father in heaven has a heart for the prostitute, He calls us back to Himself. He welcomes us to experience pure devotion.
At the close of a recent service, Evangelist Daniel Kolenda spoke a prophetic word of the Lord. He said, “You’re neglecting the secret place. That is where I change you. I miss you.”
Remember today that the Father in heaven wants you. He’s not after what you can do for Him; He wants you. Through His having you, you will have Him- His Presence and perfect love that casts out fear. You will have acceptance and purpose. You will have power to overcome. You will have joy in spite of the difficulties we all endure in this world. You will have the God of the universe.