Romans 11:29 (AMPC)

29 For God's gifts and His call are irrevocable. [He never withdraws them when once they are given, and He does not change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call.]

Numbers 23:19 (NIV)

19 God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?

James 1:17 (NIV)

17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

     Whether in the poorest of countries or those that have been developed in exorbitant wealth, there is to be found, wherever there is a human presence, evidence of amazing giftings. From the smallest hand-formed trinkets to the grandest of intricate structures there are displays of creativity and ingenuity that separate humanity from the rest of creation. In communication, athletics, drama and entertainment there is revelation of very wonderfully designed and placed gifts by the very Creator of the universe. 

     It would seem, though, that the term “gift” is to be used for the extreme cases of displayed ability, while the vast majority of the rest of us are not really all that special or “gifted”. Some lucky folks have it, while most just don’t. While there are certainly those awe-inspiring demonstrations that may diminish one’s impression of other abilities, there is, with every gift of life, an incredible deposit of God-given potential that also comes with His call to develop it. 

     To be brought into the world in human form is to be given the gift of life itself with an endless wealth of potential. In Christ, though, we have been gifted with a newness of life full of eternal significance and purpose. Through every challenge to this reality there is an assurance that the gifts and the call to fulfill their purpose are never withdrawn from us by our Father God. While ourselves, others, and circumstances of life may let us down, God will never falter in His passion, purpose and working to complete what He’s gifted us for. For the heart that will only respond, He is faithfully calling to a life gratified in its fulfilled gifting.            



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