Potential

Mark 4:30-32 And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth: But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.”

We all like to think we can reach our potential. And if we were to achieve it, how would it look? Where would we be, and who would we become? 

Man strives to do, to be, and to achieve. It is what seems to define us. 

As a child of God, we already have a path laid out for us.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

We are HIS workmanship. He made us, not we create ourselves. The workaday world pushes the humanistic agenda that man is solely responsible for what he achieves. Only the strong survive. We operate on the principle ‘survival of the fittest.’

While tenets of that principle apply, we cannot solely focus on our power, intellect, and gifts and talents to get where we think we need to go. 

Upon salvation, we begin to have revealed to us the Master’s plan. 

Salvation is just the beginning. Adopting into the royal family and baptizing into His death, burial, and resurrection, we are a new creature. 

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

The old things that have passed away as are the dreams and aspirations of a life without God. 

Seeds, in and of themselves, look quite harmless. Yet, they contain the potential to feed a multitude. Jesus uses this example to reveal the potential each has to become much more than what meets the eye.

Even the smallest of seeds, like the mustard seed, can show such potential to grow into something unseen at first. 

In like manner, a saved child of God may look quiet and unassuming, but once God’s Word is rooted in them, they begin to bear fantastic fruit that no one would have ever suspected.

God sometimes uses the most unlikely people to do some of His most exceptional work.

1 Corinthians 1:27-29 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.”

The reason is that what is done in and through that person, indeed reveals God’s power and glory. Our Father tells us that through Him, we can do what seems impossible.

Matthew 19:26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”

Today, you and I have the potential to do great things. What hinders us is the faith to believe that through God, we can. I have seen many a man shrink from God’s call to the ministry because they could not view their way clear to do what God was asking.

God has already seen what can and will be done IF we submit to His leading. There is no failure on God’s part. He put it out there that He can do that which is impossible. 

The potential is in the seed that gets planted in our hearts to grow into that vast, fruitful tree.

1 Peter 1:22-23 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”

God’s Word is that incorruptible, pure, perfect seed that gets planted every time we read. Every sermon, every lesson, every devotion, every time we come in contact with that seed, we are given the potential to become more of what He created us to be.

The parable of the sower and the seed tells us that seed gets scattered everywhere. It is the ground that receives it that will bring forth that good fruit. Our hearts are the ground that God plants His seed to grow in us.

A clean heart. A washed heart. A heart void of offense toward God and man prepped to have the seed pushed deep, watered, and given the best opportunity to produce fruit that ultimately glorifies God. 

Look inward, child of God. Is the ground of your heart ready to receive the good seed? It has the potential to transform us more and more into the image of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The choice is ours.

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