"...for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable." (Romans 11:29) Paul was referring to the call of God on the nation of Israel to be the light of the world, and that His plan for Israel would be fulfilled when the time of the Gentiles would be completed. Even Obstinate Israel was used by God to produce to the world Christ, the Messiah...the Anointed One! The calling of Israel to be a gift and a light to the world has not changed, and will not ever change. God will carry out the call on the nation of Israel. Once God calls...the call is permanent.
The same principle applies to Christians individually. You are called by God; first out of darkness, and then to serve Him in ways and areas He has chosen for you. The calling and gifts on your life are irrevocable. God won't retract them and He won't change His mind about them. Your responsibility and mine is to answer, obey, and believe in the calling on our lives. And there is one thing you and I must always remember in order to complete God's call upon our lives. The calling is not about you (or me). Instead, it is about Him. What He calls you to do is about Him and His kingdom. God doesn't tailor a calling to fit your life. No, your life is tailored to fit His call upon you. Why? Again, it is all about Him and His kingdom. That's why Jesus said in Matthew 6:33, "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." He, His, and Him come before I, me, mine, you, and yours!
Does everyone fulfill the calling on their life? Sadly no. Whose fault is it? Certainly not God's as the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. The responsibility to answer and stay true to the call of God is on you and me. It is true, life itself seems to be engineered to oppose the call of God on us. It is so easy to get caught up in the affairs of this life and lose sight of the calling. The greatest obstacle to the call on your life and mine is our failures. But remember. God never says we will not fail. Our failures can and should be used as teaching experiences we use to learn and advance the call of God on our lives.
In contrast, the greatest aid to the calling of God is to seek Him. (See Matthew 6:33 above.) While satan, our enemy doesn't want us to seek God, seeking Him is the very thing that clarifies the vision of the call. Seeking Him brings you and me into His presence where we hear His voice, experience His love, and receive fresh spiritual energy to press onward in the call. We must seek Him however. The call is irrevocable, but its fulfillment is not automatic. Remember, we have our vital part in it.
Perhaps you've lost sight of the call of God on your life. Maybe you feel you've been an instrument of God to a point and He's finished with you. You may even feel you've failed God, so He has removed the calling from you. God has not and will not remove the calling from upon you! He won't! You must believe this. He has great exploits in store for you...yet to come! Don't lose sight of the fact that the calling is about Him and not about you or me. We serve Him. He needs you and me to reach others. What He has called you to do carries incredible, heavenly, kingdom significance. From my own experience, the more I seek Him, the more significant I know my calling is. And let me tell you, I am convinced God has called me to do things He desperately needs me to do for Him! Things I cannot accomplish without His heavenly, supernatural power!
Finally, commit with me right this moment to go deeper with Him. Commit with me right now to lay aside any and every earthly thing that has hindered the call of God on you. Commit with me to seek first (with utmost priority) His kingdom, and His righteous. You must commit! I promise you will begin to realize the irrevocable, irreversible, unchangeable call God has placed on your life from way before you were even in your mother's womb! If you make the commitment, please let me hear from you! firstname.lastname@example.org
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