Wednesday, April 13, 2016

This Sunday @ Locust Hill UMC: Unsung Heroes:::Jephthah

As we look at our Unsung Heroes these past few weeks we might begin to see some common themes. These people that we read about weren't anybody spectacular. In fact they were quite ordinary people yet they did extraordinary things with their lives. They were faithful, committed, steadfast, hopeful, studied, and rooted. They knew the story of God's providence and the possibilities that it held for their own lives. Many of us sit back in our congregations and we say, "I am surely no one special. Why would God call me? Doesn't he know my story? Doesn't he know that I am surely not equipped?" We hide  behind these excuses. What made our Unsung Heroes great was their willingness to answer God's call.  God calls us to do the same. This week we are looking at the story of Jephthah. Jephthah was the son of a prostitute and by the time he was a teenager he was kicked out by the "legitimate" brother. He wasn't just ordinary... he was tainted. We are also told that he was a mighty warrior. This gift cast to the side because surely how could he amount to anything being the son of a prostitute. He could have chosen to live a life defined by how others saw him, but he didn't. 

He believed in who God had called him to be. Not only that he knew the story of God's providence. He rose above the voices and was committed to God. Where is God calling us to open our eyes to his power in our own life? Where have we been beaten down by defeat and need a voice that is greater than our own? Where in our story do we need to believe that if God was faithful in the past... he surely will be faithful in the present. Looking forward!