Today’s scripture is so simple, yet so profound. When God gifts us and calls us, the Bible says those gifts and that calling are irrevocable. How can we add some context to this, let’s first look at what irrevocable means. Some synonyms are irreversible, unalterable, unchangeable, immutable, final, binding, permanent, carved in stone; Dictionary.com defines it as “not able to be changed, reversed, or recovered; final.” Cambridge dictionary defines it as “impossible to change.” If we were driving, that would equate to “No U-Turn Allowed”.
“for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.” – Romans 11:29
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How does this apply to us? To start, it means that the devil can’t take our God-given gifts away. Nobody can. Nothing can. The scripture today says the same thing about God’s calling for us. God’s call cannot be reversed. We can try to run, hide, deny, ignore – the fact remains, the call is impossible to change – it cannot be reversed.
So what is the significance of this? Why does this matter? It matters because God expects us to use our gifts! And we are not to ignore God’s calling in our lives. Why would we want to run away from or ignore anything from God since we can be assured that if it is from God it is good! All good things are gifts from God – (1 Timothy 6:17).
The apostle Paul reinforces this concept in Romans chapter 12 where he says, “We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.” (Romans 12:5-8).
The book of Corinthians reinforces this lesson where we read, “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” – (1 Corinthians 12:4-11)
Further, each of us has unique talents and abilities that are all equally important to God. We are all members of the same body of Christ! – (1 Corinthians. 12:12-27). If we are part of the same body, that means that we are all connected.
I often reflect and pray upon God’s calling in my life. It is not because I am wandering or lost, but because I want to ensure that I am rigorous in the way that I use this time on earth. I believe it is important to stay connected to God’s purpose because our purpose changes from time to time just as seasons change.
I also want to ensure that what God has entrusted me with, that I am being responsible with. The Bible says that, “From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded.” – (Luke 12:48) God has entrusted us with these gifts, and expects us to use them!
Just as with the parable of the talents, “For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.” If we do not use our gifts wisely, God will use someone else to accomplish His Will. In essence, our gifts are “worthless” if they are not being used. They are just sitting on a shelf.
Let us thank God today for all that He has given us, for all that He has done, and all that He has planned. Let us recognize and use our gifts to the fullest, so that others can see how good our God is! To God be all the glory and honor and praise!
I call you blessed!
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for your precious gifts, our time and our talents. Help us to hear and be obedient to your call in our lives. Fill us with your goodness, and let your light shine in us. Wash us of all unrighteousness. Make us new. Let my every step, my every word, my every thought be guided by You. Help me to walk in your love and mercy, and see your purpose in every person we encounter, and everything to which you have called us. We give you all the honor and glory and praise, in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
Today’s full reading: Proverbs 10-12; Romans 10
Scripture References From Today’s Reflection:
- “Jesus replied, ‘No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God’.” – Luke 9:62
- “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” – Proverbs 14:23
- “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” – Luke 6:38
- “From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded.” – Luke 12:48
- “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.” – 1 Timothy 6:17
- “We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.” – Romans 12:5-8
- Unity and Diversity in the Body:
“12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.
13 For we were all baptized by[a] one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.
14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.
15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body.
16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body.
17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be?
18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.
19 If they were all one part, where would the body be?
20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!”
22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,
23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty,
24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it,
25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.
26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” – 1 Corinthians 12:12-27
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