Potential- (Adjective) having or showing the capacity to become or develop into something in the future. (Noun)- latent qualities or abilities that may be developed and lead to future success or usefulness.
Experienced players are aware that the game-changing card is seldom drawn. In fact, it's so true that sometimes some of us would look at our cards and simply say, "Potential is a dirty word." We knew that we stood a much greater chance of missing out on the fulfillment of that potential than seeing it fulfilled. But when the right card was drawn; look out! The game was about to quickly change!
You don't need to play a card game to know that the word, potential, is a dirty word in Christian circles too. We all have potential. It's already within us. The main difference is that our potential isn't reached based on a chance draw or circumstance. Jesus Christ placed His potential within us prior to when we even began to know or follow Him!
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. - Ephesians 2:1-10
5 Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. 6 You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.” 7 This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. - Haggai 1:5-7
“What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”—
the things God has prepared for those who love him—
10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.
The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. 14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 15 The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, 16 for,
“Who has known the mind of the Lord
so as to instruct him?”
But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:9-16
Jesus, you are God and I am not. Thank you for living a perfect, sinless, life. I have sinned against you and others. Forgive me of my sins. Change me from who I am now into who you want me to become- like you. Thank you for taking all my sins upon you to the cross; forever separating me from them- and providing a way for me to be in a personal relationship with God the Father. You rose from the dead so that I may have eternal life. Thank you for writing my name in the book of life. Fill me with your Holy Spirit, so that I may begin to learn and hear your voice; guiding me in all things by your Word, Spirit, and other Spirit-filled Christians. I thank you in Jesus name, Amen.
Christ-followers; we have the Holy Spirit living inside of us. So why is He only a potential game changer?
When we operate in our own strength, wisdom, intelligence, or claim anything God has given us to be our own; we settle for latent potential and miss out on witnessing God's completeness and abilities displayed in and through our lives.
When we operate in the Holy Spirit, the fulfillment of our potential is unlimited in Christ. We're able to do and be extraordinary- for His glory alone!
Give careful thought to your ways. How are you treating your potential this very moment?