Everything in life was created with potential and possesses God’s potential principle. In every acorn there is an oak tree; in every dream a Disneyland; in every child a great man or woman of God. Tragedy strikes when a tree dies in the seed, a dream dies in a mind, or a man or woman never dares to become who God uniquely created them to be. For untold millions of people in the world visions die unseen, songs die unsung, plans die unexecuted and futures die buried in the past.
The Bible tells a story about talents and potential in Matthew 25:14-30. The talents in Christ’s parable are symbols of the vast store of abilities our Creator has planted within each of us. In the story, the master of the estate entrusts some of his wealth to three of his servants. The first man invests his talent and doubles the wealth his master had entrusted to his care. The second servant does likewise. Their master is extremely pleased with both of their performances.
Finally the master asks the third servant, “What have you done with your talent?” The servant answered, “I was afraid to misuse the talent, so I carefully hid it and took no risks. Here it is! I am giving you back exactly what you gave me.”
The master was extremely upset and declared that this servant was lazy and wicked. “How dare you not develop the potential I entrusted to you and take full advantage of the possibilities you were provided. Someone take away what was given to him and throw this useless scoundrel out into the street!”
We must learn to understand, develop and effectively use the potential God has placed in each one of us. Failure can become our enemy if we accept it as fatal. Success can equally become our adversary if we settle for what we have already accomplished.
Refuse to accept any failure as final but rather view it as a learning opportunity and determine to do better next time. Refuse to be satisfied with your last accomplishment, because potential has no retirement plan. Never accept an accomplishment as the end – it is just a marker of progress.
Potential is not what you have done, but what you are yet able to do with God’s help. Take the limits off your life. Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. You have dormant ability, reserve power, untapped strength, unused success, hidden talents and capped capability waiting to be excavated, exposed, and explored.
When God looks at you, He sees potential and possibilities that many others may ignore. There is a fantastic future locked up within you – lying dormant, untapped, and unused. The task of potential development is not to get more of Christ into us, but to get more of Christ out of us. Your IQ doesn’t measure who you are in Christ, God does. Your true IQ is spelled HOLY SPIRIT because you possess everything God is. Christ in you; that is who you are. That is how much potential you have locked up inside of you.
So how then shall you live from today?