One of the saddest experiences which can come to a human being is to awaken, gray-haired and wrinkled, near the close of an unproductive career, to the fact that all through the years he has been using only a small part of himself.
(V. W. Burrows)
Everyone has potential. Everyone. How could we not? After all we have been created in the image of an awesome God. We only have to consider the work of His hands – the wonderful world in which we live with its mind-boggling universe, its astounding fauna and flora and its beautiful landscapes – to gain some insight into that fact.
Since we are the offspring of such an ultra-creative being, then we too have the potential to be highly creative. To put it another way, we are all chips from the old block! No discourtesy intended!
And so we have this enormous ability inside of us – a potential to be, to do, to become. Do you agree that you have an incredible range of capabilities within you just waiting to be discovered? Are you using your God-given abilities? If not, are you willing to explore, discover and develop your potential?
Apart from there being latent abilities within us, our God-given dreams also have potential. They have the ability to be transformed from an idea, a desire, a wish, a persistent thought or a vision, into the realm of reality.
However, this process, from dream-seed to reality, requires faith (confidence in God and in who you are in Christ). But not faith alone – the process requires faith and works. The Bible tells us in no uncertain terms that faith without works is dead (James 2:17). So right there we are being given a clue – our dreams (the focus of our faith) require action and without action our dreams are dead, or will eventually die. They will remain dormant, their potential unrealised.
I have wasted many years believing that because God said I was going to be such and such and do so and so, all I had to do was wait for it to happen. How mistaken was I! No my friends. We have to apply ourselves to a task and/or get involved with some type of activity, in order that the Godhead may guide, help, inspire, motivate and work with us.
If we merely sit around waiting for our big dream to materialise, or feel that somehow, some sweet day, God will catapult us into fulfilment of our dreams, then we are labouring under a misapprehension.
You want biblical proof of this? Done! 1 Kings 19:16-21 reveals God’s ordained purpose for Elisha. He was to be Elijah’s successor. Prior to that, he’d been content as owner of 12 yoke of oxen. He’d been content to plough fields. However, God’s call upon his life stirred within Elisha a new dream – he craved a double portion of his master’s anointing (2 Kings 2: 8-15).
So Elisha served (action), he observed and imitated (action). He developed his potential and realised his God-given dream of becoming an effective and powerful prophet of Israel by adding works to his faith. In doing so, Elisha achieved phenomenal results, to the extent that he performed twice as many miracles as Elijah, to the extent that even though he had died, his skeletal bones produced a miracle! (2 Kings 13:20-21).
Edwin Louis Cole, author of The Potential Principle – Living Life To Its Maximum, observes:
“Everything in life has potential, but it must be developed. It never develops itself.”
My heart-felt prayer for every reader of this post is that God will encourage, empower and inspire you to constantly develop and maximise your potential. Don’t wait a moment longer – become a dream-achiever!