This past week we kicked off our new series titled “Heroes”. If you happened to miss last week’s sermon you can find it here (HEROES – Week 1). Similar to the Hall of Fame that the NFL has in Canton, Ohio, there is also a “Hall of Faith” that is described in Hebrews 11. There we find the names of individuals who were placed in the “Hall” based on the hope and confidence they had in the Lord. There are names that many of us easily recognize such as Abraham, Jacob, Moses, and David and many other names that are not as easily recognizable. We focused on Jephthah (jeff-ta) in the message this past week as he portrayed the following traits that can be considered heroic:
- Forgiveness: Despite being shipped out of town by his family and forced to fend for himself, Jephthah came to the rescue of the same people that abandoned him when asked. We all have people in our lives that we can extend forgiveness to; family members, friends, people at work, people at church. Maybe they said or did something to us that cause us to treat them differently. Forgiving them and loving them is one way we can truly be “heroic” and allowing others to see Christ through us.
- Integrity: Despite making a vow to the Lord that causes Jephthah to sacrifice something he loves most, he does not waver in his commitment. Many times we make vows to God that we will change our behavior, change our thoughts, etc., if He will only rescue us from a situation. If you’re like me, following through on that commitment rarely occurs. Integrity means, “being a person of character”. In our world today it is hard to find someone with integrity. If we can people of our word and exhibit strong character we will stand out for Christ to others.
Join us over the upcoming weeks to learn about more heroic characteristics that all of us can exhibit daily. I found a great quote on heroism that I think wraps it all up nicely,
“Heroes are made by the paths they choose, not the powers they are graced with.”
Have a blessed week,