Now Jephthah the Gileadite, the son of a prostitute, was a mighty warrior. Gilead was the father of Jephthah. Gilead's wife also bore him sons; and when the wife's sons grew up, they drove Jephthah away, saying to him, "You shall not inherit anything in our father's house; for you are the son of another woman." Then Jephthah fled from his brothers and lived in the land of Tob. Outlaws collected around Jephthah and went raiding with him. Judges 11: 1-3 NRSV
Jephthah is a very tragic character. His life story seems to echo what is going on with the people of Israel. They only halfway act like the children of God. They have often run away from God. They have gathered some pretty rough and disreputable friends around them. And they have used these friendships to engage in lawless behavior. Yet, they have been given gifts that can be used as God's instrument of salvation.
God has given us all gifts - specifically Spiritual Gifts. But what do we do with these gifts we have been given? Do we use them for God's glory? Or do we even use them at all?
Often we try to simply run away as far as we can from God and hang out with those who tend to lead us to do things God does not what us to do.
God, you have given all of us Christians Spiritual Gifts. Help us to know what they are and to use them for your Glory. In Jesus' precious name we pray. Amen.
Question of the day: What are your Spiritual Gifts? If you don't know them, how can you find out?
Copyright 2009 Amelia G. Sims