Understanding Your Potential

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Last night, my wife and I went to a VIP screening of a new Christian movie coming out called The Identical.” The movie stars Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd and newcomer Blake Rayne. Here’s the story from their website:

Identical twin brothers (both played by Blake Rayne) are separated at birth during the Great Depression. Their parents (Brian Geraghty, Amanda Crew) just cannot afford to give them both a life beyond poverty, so one is adopted by loving family.

Despite their very different upbringings, the boys’ shared passion for music causes their lives to unknowingly intersect as they experience a powerful and mysterious connection often felt by twins.One of the boys becomes the most famous rock ‘n’ roll legend in the world, Drexel Hemsley, while Ryan Wade struggles to find balance between his love for music and trying to please his evangelist father (Ray Liotta) and his devoted mother (Ashley Judd) who have very different plans for his life in the ministry.

Ryan is encouraged by his wife Jenny (Erin Cottrell) and lifelong friends Dino and Avi (Seth Green, Joe Pantoliano) to follow his musical dreams. And oh, can he sing, just like his world famous brother!A timeless tale of love, hope, and redemption. A captivating journey about the restoration and the reconciliation of a family broken apart by culture, creed and tradition.

It’s a powerful movie about seeking after your potential. In one scene Judd’s character is talking with her son and says, “You can accomplish anything through Him who gives you dreams!” There is so much power in those words.

God has given us dreams and potential. There is nothing we can’t accomplish as long as we align ourselves with Christ. God has given us limitless potential; we just have to tap into it.  Potential is like a seed.  When we plant it, it will grow.  It is like a plant, we have to water it.  What is the water for potential?  Faith and action.

Faith: Complete trust and/or confidence in someone or something.
Action: process of doing something to achieve an aim…

When we place both of these things in our life, we can achieve unlimited potential.  When we work towards something that has great potential we will eventually succeed.  Potential will not always come quick and easy.  Never expect things to go smoothly or be simple.

What is potential anyway?

Potential is…dormant ability…reserved power…untapped strength…unused success…hidden talents…capped capability.

All you can be but have not yet become…all you can do but not yet done…how far you can reach but have not yet reached…what you can accomplish but have not yet accomplished. Potential is unexposed ability and latent power. ~ (Understanding Your Potential, Dr. Myles Monroe © 1991 pg. 1)

Most people do not know who they are.  They can tell you what they do, where they live, but most have a hard time describing who they are.  When a sculptor looks at a piece of clay, they only see what it is, not what it might be, or become.  He knows ahead of time what it is and how it is to be formed.

God is the same way with us.  He knows exactly who we are not what we might be.  A lot of people think that there isn’t anything worth in life, but to get up, got to work/school, and live a life without knowing what is out there.  People don’t know there is a wealth of potential that is never even tapped within them.

When someone goes to college, they believe that they are going to change the world and make a difference, but what happens when they begin life outside of the four walls of the college, they begin to fail in their own eyes and live a mediocre life.  The twelve spies who were sent out by Moses, ten came back with a negative report, and only two came back with a good report.  Joshua and Caleb knew the potential of the land and saw the victory, even when no one else saw it.

I believe many Christians live a life of no potential; simply because they don’t see it within their own lives.  In order for us to begin to walk in the potential that God has given us, we need to first know who we are.  Once we know who we are we can begin to put faith and action to our potential.

In the Identical Ryan Wade struggled with pleasing his preacher father’s dream of him taking over the ministry and living his own dreams. We are much like that. We struggle to find acceptance in who we are and run ourselves ragged in trying to live up to other’s dreams. God is calling us to be unique, just as he created us.

What are your dreams?  Has the enemy taken them away from you?  Have people told you, you will not amount to anything in life, or do any thing significant for the world?  Are you simply trying to appease those who are dreaming for you? If that is you, I have hope for you.

Phil. 1:6-11

being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me.God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.

God will complete the work that has begun.  If we live with Christ by our side, we cannot lose.  There is a saying in the movie, Galaxy Quest  “Never Give up, Never Surrender.”  I say that to you; if you have doubt in your life that what you set you mind to will not come to pass, I say it will, in Jesus name.  Do not give up.  Know who you are in Christ, make a list of your dreams, memorize it; meditate on the Word of God (Who I Am In Christ by Neil Anderson) and live it out.  When you know who you are, you will not fail at anything and you will begin the life of living out your potential.


J. B. Sisam


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