Monday’s video talked about how important it is (and how freeing and exciting it is!) to live our lives as proof of the power of Jesus Christ. To let people see the reality of what Jesus has done for us, and allow our stories of struggle and victory to be tangible proof of His existence and His sovereignty.
I hope that by now you have come to accept as an unshakable truth that we are not only divinely designed as individuals, with divinely designed lives, but that we all have a divinely designed purpose as well. A purpose of which God has equipped us for based on the experiences of our past.
But just maybe you’re a little secretly worried. Worried that maybe you’re still not sure what your calling is … worried that maybe you do know, but you’re not ready to step out in faith … worried that maybe you will disappoint God in some way … worried that maybe God will take back the talents, experiences, skills and gifts that He’s given you if you don’t step out in faith today and use them.
Let’s put aside those fears by focusing on this promise in Romans 11:29 which says, “For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.”
The definition of ‘irrevocable’ is this: “
In this verse above in Romans, what’s being discussed is the future restoration of the Jewish nation. Paul is saying here that although the Jews had rejected God, that God would still bring His promises to pass, because He is a God of grace and love. But to take this scripture meaning even further, it also applies to any calling, or the gifts given to accomplish such calling, that the Lord has given to someone. Those gifts are irrevocable – never to be recalled, repealed, annulled or altered in any way. Regardless of what we do, or what we don’t do, God will never withdraw His gifts and callings.
God would love nothing more than for you to take a huge leap of faith right now and allow Him to use what He has done in your life, and the talents He has gifted you with (at birth and through your experiences) to glorify Him and help others find hope and healing and purpose in Him as you have. Not only because it would glorify Him and bring others to Christ, but also because it will bring you abundant life and fulfillment! But whether you take that leap today, take a tiny baby step today, wait five years to take that first step, or never do it all – He will never take away the calling He has destined for your life or the gifts He has instilled in you to accomplish it.
Yes, He wants us to trust Him, stretch our faith, get our feet wet and make a move towards our purpose – for us and for His Kingdom. But He will love us now and forever unconditionally, whether we ever do so or not. But oh sweet friend, what blessings and healing and unbelievable joy we miss out on by not trusting God enough with our future to be willing to trust Him enough to take a risk on using the gifts and callings He has placed on our lives, and in our hearts.
Our gifts will always be ours – they are irrevocable. God’s love will always be ours, and it will never be withdrawn, But the only way to activate our gifts and begin to pursue our divine calling is to be willing to start walking in faith with a total dependence on Jesus.
When we allow Him to take our broken life and use it for His glory, nothing less than the miraculous will begin to happen.
Let’s choose today to begin following Christ into the unknown. To embrace His amazing plans for each of us, by believing that every one of our broken lives still count to God, and that He has a great purpose for each of us – not despite our past, but because of it.
In your journal, write down the answers to the below questions. Make a mental note to revisit your answer after a few weeks or months, to see what progress you have made in these God-goals, and in your calling.
1. What is one little way God might be calling you to step out in faith right now? Is it feasible? What can you do to act upon that calling today?
2. What is one way God might be calling you to take a little baby step of faith towards a divine purpose? What do you think that first baby step should be, and what can you do to make it happen?
3. What is one thing you feel God is laying on your heart to do, but that seems completely impossible and unrealistic? How can you begin trusting God to believe that all things are possible with Him?
4. What changes can you make in your walk with Christ to help you feel more empowered and inspired to take a risk for Christ, no matter what?
Today’s giveaway is super special and a great reminder to walk in faith!! (thanks to Leah who donated these for today’s giveaway!)
Proverbs 31 Ministries and Fashion & Compassion,a non-profit dedicated to helping women overcome poverty & injustice through Christ-centered economic empowerment, have partnered together to offer The Faith Collection, and these beautiful earrings are part of this collection.
Inspired by the verse 2 Corinthians 5:7, The Faith Collection is handcrafted from Mexican bronze and assembled by vulnerable and rescued women throughout Mexico and Charlotte, NC. Attached to your jewelry, is the name of the Artisan who made it, so you can pray for her growing relationship with Christ. A portion of the proceeds benefit organizations serving vulnerable and rescued women and children in the U.S. and abroad. (Value $17.99)
To enter to win this gorgeous and meaningful pair of earrings, answer this question in a comment on today’s post:
When I first started this study, I felt like __________________,
but now I am excited that ______________.
Winner to be announced on Friday!
(email replies will not qualify for the drawing)