"God's gracious gifts and calling are irrevocable" (Romans 11:29, HCSB).
There are many things I don't know about this world. I look at my children and they puzzle me, they're such individuals, always changing, always challenging, always causing me to troubleshoot in a new way. I look at the world aorund me and see people I care about suffering, grieving, going through hard times. I can't completley wrap my head around pain, around suffering. There's just so many things that I can't fully answer, can't fully grasp.
But I do know Jesus.
I that my identity is found in Him.
He created me to do good works.
He has called me to be a child of the king.
He has called me to live a life of worship to Him.
Isn't that really the most important thing?
If so, then why to I demean myself? Why do I criticize? Why do I chose to focus on all the things I do wrong, all the areas of life that I fall up short? Why I am often my own harshest critic?
In doing that, I'm criticizing the very person God created.
I'm criticizing the clay He formed into a unique vessel.
I'm forgetting that He has good in-store for me, that He doesn't make mistakes.
I'm forgetting that He created me to serve Him.
He created me to live this life as a daughter of the king.
His calling on my life is real. It's true.
Not false like the lies this world tells me.
I belong to Him.
His plan is a beautiful one.
His calling is real.
His gifts, His gifts are beautiful things.
My mind is filled with all the callings and gifts He's placed in my life. Maybe they're worth writing down, journaling about, pondering over, recognizing, dwelling on.
And don't forget the last word in the verse up above. God's calling on our lives is irrevocable. It can't be changed. It can't be undone. It's final. His calling is set in place. It's up to me to live out that calling. Seek out what God wants of me. Spend time in His presence so that that calling can be realized in my life. Open up my heart, and my ears. Listen to my heart of hearts.
Is Christ's calling evident in your life? What gifts and callings has He placed on your heart?