Irrevocable Grace


I’m done with you.  You’re dead to me.  That was the last straw.  Phrases which unfortunately pop up every once in a while in relationships.  These are usually the mark of the end point of the relationship, as one part can no longer bear the action or behaviour of the other.  I’m glad God doesn’t work that way…

God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.
(Romans 11:29)

God’s gifts and call are irrevocable.  Cannot / will not be revoked or taken back.  That’s a pretty cool idea.  Because I am constantly giving God reason to do that very thing…  Typically when someone breaks it off with you it’s in response to their perceptions about your actions.  You lied to me, so I’m through with you…  Well, in my life I am walking away, turning my back, denying, and lying, and every other sin natural thing I do on a weekly basis, yet my God never says he is through with me.

I’m not trying to make myself out to be worse than I am, yet if we all took a one week snapshot of every moment in which we fell short of the glory of God, we would have a nice little list.  Every thought, action, or motive which is less holy than the holiness of God… List getting bigger?

God doesn’t hold those things against us and even threaten us with breaking it off.  In fact, knowing that we will do these things, he promises to not break it off.

After all the falling away Israel has done since God brought them out of Egypt, God is still committed to Israel.  He still has a plan of redemption and restoration for the children of Israel through Christ Jesus.  They are the apple of his eye (Zechariah 2:8).

Our relationship with God is a gift from him…

2 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.
(John 1:12)

God will not take back that gift.  It is irrevocable in his eyes.  Sometimes we take on the fear that God will take it away, and that fear is unfounded.  He has adopted us into his family and made us his children.

God’s history with us proves his consistency and promise.  He proves his love over and over to us, while we prove our need of him over and over.  It’s an uneven relationship, to be sure.

I’m glad we’re on the good side of it, though, and glad it will never be taken away.

Amen.

Marc Kinna

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