Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Big Shake Up

I asked my son to begin the process of cleaning his room out. I gave him some boxes so he could pack his stuff, and told him he needed to clean out all the treasures he stuffed under his bed. This was not an easy task for him, or for me. I worked hard to not interfere with my son's method, but there were a couple times that I questioned the things he chose to keep and the things he chose to throw away. My husband, took over the task later, and also questioned his choices. My son told him that he was holding on to all the special gifts that certain people had given him, those are the things that matter to him the most.
Working through all his treasures and getting them in boxes and making his room presentable for showing our house has been a big task.  We had to shake up his room, sift out the special gifts, throw out the stuff he wouldn't need or use, clean it all up, and rearrange the pieces.
God does the same thing with me. He shakes me up, discards the stuff not needed and keeps the gifts He has given me. I love the verse in Romans 11:29 where God promises this:

For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.

God has blessed me with many gifts, and with a calling on my life. He has promised that these gifts and this calling are irrevocable. His Spirit works through me to enable me to use my gifts and my calling according to the hope of my high calling. God will allow all that is unneeded to shake out of my life, so my heart is able to seek His Kingdom and further His kingdom more each day.
He will show through me, as His Spirit works.
My son did not enjoy the process of the room shake. It was a lot of work. But, each time he found a special gift that was hidden in all the stuff, he was excited. And, once the job was done, it felt really good. But, it was a grueling job. I know how he feels.
Say That Again, Lord Jesus. Your gifts and the calling you have given me are irrevocable. You have promised!

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