Uncultivated Potential

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A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Dr. Larry Ollison)

Scripture for the Day January 2, 2019

Much food is in the fallow ground of the poor. (Proverbs 13:23)

Much food is in uncultivated ground and much potential is in the uncultivated ground of people’s lives. I have seen great potential go untapped for years. God sees this in our lives daily and I feel that God spends much time telling us to be all that we can be.

What is potential? Potential is what might be and what could be, but isn’t yet. Many times when I have seen a child that is greatly talented, I’ve thought to myself, “This child could be anything they want to be when they grow up.” But no matter how much talent a child may have or how great the natural abilities are, it is still only potential until the talent is
activated.

I remember a few years ago I was with a friend who pointed out another man in the crowd. He said, “See that guy over there? When he was in high school, he could have been anything he wanted to be. But he turned out to be overweight, under-educated, and very unsuccessful.” As I was introduced to him, it became quite obvious that this man was still living in the past, talking about and reliving his days in high school. He could have been anything. He had great potential. But his potential went unfulfilled. This is sad.

Everyone reading this is full of potential. God has placed abilities and gifts inside of you that are unique to your calling and to the plan that God has for your life. No one else is able to do what God has called you to do the way He has called you to do it. Everybody has potential, but sadly few fulfill it. There are churches all over this nation with great potential. There are Christians full of God-given potential. Our duty and responsibility is to not waste these God-given resources, but to develop and use them to their fullest.

Examine yourself. Review what God has spoken to you and remember this. God will never call you to do anything unless He fully equips you for the task. But until you walk in His giftings, you are only potential.

Let’s all make 2019 a year where all our potential will be activated and used to be what God has called us to be.

 

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