Develop Your Potential

by | Dec 31, 2004 | Blogs, Straight Talk

The development of personal potential should be the No. 1 job of every Christian.
It’s amazing how many gifted people there are who just sit on the sidelines of life and do nothing. You may be one of them. I can tell you that whether God uses you or not depends on much more than just the gift or talent He has given you. It has everything to do with character–with maturity, the fruit of the Spirit, how we behave and our heart attitude.


God is looking for Christians who are willing to be used as leaders. I believe the people He uses are not always the most talented but those who have the best attitude–a right heart toward Him.


Some people who want to reach their potential don’t know where to begin. Others know where to begin but don’t know how to move from there to the place where they are supposed to finish. If you fit in either of these categories, you can learn how to reach your goals and fulfill God’s good plan for your life.


A leader is not necessarily someone who has a large ministry or is in a position that influences thousands of people’s lives. A leader is someone who is on top of things in his or her realm of influence.


Through the years, God has guided me from my impatient beginnings in my first realm of influence–that of ministering to a few people in our home Bible study–to the much larger realm of ministering to thousands of people through our Joyce Meyer Ministries conferences and ministry outreaches.


My husband, Dave, and I are doing what we are called to do. And in developing the gifts God has given us, we are fulfilling our potential. I don’t believe this is something God has in store for just a handful of people. I believe it is His will for all people to fulfill their potential.


The development of personal potential should be each Christian’s No. 1 job. We all have potential, but we will never see it manifested until we believe God and believe that we can do whatever He says we can do. And He says, “All things are possible with God” (Mark 10:27, The Amplified Bible).


Even if nobody else in the world believes in you, God does. With that confidence, you can do whatever He wants you to do.


Noah Webster’s 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language defines “potential” as “existing in possibility, not in act.” This means that our potential is only a possibility until we do something with it.


Potential cannot manifest without form. Like concrete, it must have something to be poured into, something to give it shape and make it useful.


What is the form into which potential is poured? Decisions. To develop potential properly, we must have a plan and pray over that plan; we must have a purpose; and we must be doing something.


I believe that many people are unhappy because they aren’t doing anything to develop their potential. If you want to see your potential developed to its fullest, don’t wait until everything is perfect. Do something now. Start laying your hand to whatever is in front of you.


You cannot start at the finish line. You must start at the starting block like everyone else. Many people want to start at A, blink their eyes twice and be at Z, but it doesn’t work that way.


You must give your potential some form by doing something with it. You will never find what you are capable of doing if you never try anything.


Don’t be so afraid of failing that you never take a chance. Don’t stay in the safety zone, doing nothing, thinking that as long as you do nothing you are safe.


You may be safe, but you will never succeed at developing your full potential or feeling fulfilled in what you are doing. Step out into what you feel God is leading you to do, and you will soon discover what you can and cannot do.


You are full of God-given potential, and He wants to do more with your life than you could ever imagine–but it requires your cooperation. I encourage you to make the decision to develop your potential to its fullest in your realm of influence. As you do, you will lead others in developing theirs.

CHARISMA NEWSLETTERS

Stay up-to-date with current issues, Christian teachings, entertainment news, videos & more.

The latest breaking Christian news you need to know about as soon as it happens.

Prophetic messages from respected leaders & news of how God is moving throughout the world. 


MORE FROM CHARISMA

Charisma Highlights: Is Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer in Heaven?

Charisma Highlights: Is Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer in Heaven?

Following are snippets of the top stories posted on charismamag.com over the past week. We encourage you to visit the links to read the stories in full. Is Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer in Heaven? Is it possible that behind the pearly gates of heaven there are...

10 Ways to Practice Gratitude With Your family This Thanksgiving

10 Ways to Practice Gratitude With Your family This Thanksgiving

This month we are entering a season which, in the United States, has been devoted to gratitude and thanksgiving for 400 years! While the Thanksgiving holiday has had a long and varied history within the United States, the practice of devoting sacrificial offerings,...

Don’t Let Ungratefulness Turn You Into a Spoiled American

Don’t Let Ungratefulness Turn You Into a Spoiled American

My frequent trips to developing nations always help me adjust my attitude. Just when I start to feel spoiled and entitled, I meet people from places like Congo, India and Honduras—and I realize just how blessed I am. This happened to me again last week during a trip...

The Power of Being Thankful

The Power of Being Thankful

One of the best ways to show God we love Him is to be thankful. When we express our deep gratitude to Him, it actually invites His presence onto our lives. Being thankful also neutralizes the enemy and brings victory into our situations no matter what the outcome....

Get Off Your Pew!

Get Off Your Pew!

As God’s clock inches closer to the final hour before His return, many people find themselves filled with angst, anxiety and despair. People are not sleeping well, many have fallen into depression and are feeling hopeless. These are the very days that we have been...

The Great Commission Can Set Us Free from Responsibility

The Great Commission Can Set Us Free from Responsibility

Read Time: 4 Minutes 28 Seconds While all of the stories we read in the Torah are meaningful, sometimes the events we read about can seem to hold more relevance, especially for those of us who are followers of Yeshua (Jesus) as Messiah. One such event is the calling...

RECENT ARTICLES

The Church’s Role in Preserving Freedom of Speech in America

Read Time: 3 Minutes 17 Seconds The controversy surrounding Kyrie Irving and his post of a tweet that claims the Jews in Israel are not the real Jews—that Black Africans are the real Jews—raises...
Count Your Blessings, For God Indeed is Good

Count Your Blessings, For God Indeed is Good

Read Time: 4 Minutes 42 Seconds Thanksgiving Day is just a few days away for U.S. Americans. It is a favorite holiday—perhaps only exceeded by Christmas—to gather with family and friends to watch parades, play (American) “football” and eat delicious food—often from...

Is Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer in Heaven?

Is Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer in Heaven?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFbfS03JkKY&t=1s Read Time: 3 Minutes, 10 Seconds Is it possible that behind the pearly gates of heaven there are murderers, pedophiles and cannibals walking along the streets of gold? We are taught in the book of Romans, "That if...

Pin It on Pinterest