I've been doing a lot of my quiet time reading in Romans lately. Today God spoke to me through one verse in particular. Romans 11:29
For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. Romans 11:29
This verse can be interpreted many ways. I've done some research today and it turns out that the literal meaning is quite different than I felt like God was using it to speak to me. When I read it, I thought a lot about calling and the use of our Spiritual gifts.
There's a lot of discussion about Spiritual gifts and what they are. Here's the easiest definition I have found:
A supernatural ability given by Christ through the Holy Spirit to the believer at the moment of his salvation.”
That means it's not necessarily a natural talent or ability. It's something God gives us at the moment of salvation. That also means that EVERY believer has been given a Spiritual gift!
I feel like many of us walk around never truly figuring out what God has given us and therefore we miss out on the blessing of using our gifts for His service. Billy Graham once said:
“… I believe the discovery of our spiritual gifts should be a matter of careful and
thoughtful prayer on our part. We should pray that God will guide us to know our
spiritual gifts. Also, we should be sure we are willing to make use of our spiritual
gifts in a way that is honoring to God. For example, if God showed you that you
had the gift of teaching others, would you be willing to put that gift to use in a
Sunday school class?”
Spiritual gifts are given by God to enable us to fit rightly and fulfill our roles in the
body of Christ.
(See Ephesians 4:11-16)
Our Pastor recommended the following online Spiritual Gift Inventory. If you aren't sure what yours might be, take this quick test and see what God reveals to you.
Some examples of Spiritual Gifts are:
Wisdom – (I Cor. 12:8), the correct application of knowledge
Discernment – (I Cor. 12:10), insight into the nature of spirits (motives)
Giving – (Rom. 12:8), accumulating and giving money joyfully
Exhortation – (Rom. 12:8), challenging believers to action
Ministering/Helps - (Rom. 12:7, I Cor 12:28, Eph. 4:12) practical spiritual & physical help
Mercy Giver– (Rom. 12:8) ministering to sick, infirm and downhearted
Ruling/Administration – (Rom. 12:8 & I Cor. 12:28) organizing, administering, directing
Faith – (I Cor. 12:9) believing and expecting God’s blessings
Teaching – (Rom. 12:7, I Cor. 12:28, Eph. 4:11) imparting the Word of God
Evangelism – (Eph. 4:11) pointing sinners to Christ & rallying others to also
Pastor/Teacher – (Eph. 4:11) preaching and teaching to lead a flock
I was convicted this morning. The GIFTS and the CALLING of God are irrevocable. IRREVOCABLE. I want to use everything that I've been given. It's like that quote I'm sure you've probably heard.