“Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a might man of valour, and he was the son of an harlot: and Gilead begat Jephthah. And Gilead’s wife bare him sons; and his wife’s sons grew up, and they thrust out Jephthah, and said unto him, Thou shalt not inherit in our father’s house; for thou art the son of a strange woman.” (Judges 11:1-2)
The truth about Jephthah was that he was the son of a harlot. No matter how great and mighty of a man he was, Jephthah could not escape his past. Imagine the scorn and rejection he had to endure while growing up, just because of who his mother was. Nevertheless, in spite of his “condition,” God still conditioned him. God set him apart from his brothers because of His plans to use Jephthah in a spectacular way. Jephthah became the vessel God used, in spite of his past, to deliver his brothers and the people of Israel from the hand of their enemies.
Have you ever done anything that didn’t reflect who you really were? I struggled in knowing who I was, and what my purpose was, and I got tired of falling into “pits” that I could not get myself out of. So, I turned to God, and my journey has led me back to the person that He created me to be; a person who is content in his own skin. The child that had once imagined greatness has been awakened and freed to explore the depths of life! Not to impress or receive the acceptance of others, but to find the “treasure” of God that is hidden inside of me. Life now, is limitless and unrestricted according to the faith that works in me.
Walking in our calling will not only reveal the truth of God and His grace, but it will present the truth about us. What is the truth about you?
› Are you scarred from the pain of losing loved ones?
› Have you been abused?
› Are you in deep financial debt?
› Maybe you are bitter from the wounds inflicted by friends or family members.
› Are you boasters and have exalted yourself as better than others?
› Are you the “black sheep” of the family that no one understands?
› Are you jobless and hopeless?
› Are you fearful, weak, depressed, or stressed?
› Are you lonely, confused, self-conscious, proud, passive, emotional, overweight, skinny, short or cruel?
› What is the truth?
We all have a long list of “issues” from our past. Some lists may be longer than others, but without a list, we would be of no use in our future. Understanding our past is the gateway to living the life of a Chosen One. (Proverbs 9:6) When we confront and deal with our past, it will no longer have power over us, for God takes dominion over it. When you are chosen, God will transform you into what He wants you to be.