For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. (ESV)
Nestled in the midst of this very challenging chapter of Romans is this wonderful little verse. The context of this verse is the people of Israel. They had rejected their own Messiah and had him put to death. Their hearts were hardened toward God. All of that sounds very bleak. But God cannot let his people go (pun intended).
The gifts and calling of God are irrevocable. God does not give up on those whom he has called unto himself. The people of Israel were called by God to be his children. He will not drop them as his people even though he has every right to. He will always love his own. He will continue to call them unto himself.
This is not only good news for the people of Israel. This is good news for everyone of every tribe, people, and nation. If God calls you he does not forget that calling he has placed on your life. Maybe you have a loved on who you know was once following the Lord. They had responded to His call. Whether or not they are still living for the Lord, God's call has not been rescinded.
God calls people unto himself. He gives them great gifts of his grace. He blesses them with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 1:3). He does not let his called ones go. He holds on to them even when they are trying to run away from him. Like a loving father he patiently waits for their child to come to their senses.
Be thankful that God's calling on your life means that he will not let you go. If he has called you he will not drop you.
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