By: Tim Sader
Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David… (1 Samuel 16:13)
Last week we learned the first lesson of love is aloneness; we must love ourselves to properly love our neighbor or the Lord. Loving ourselves is one way we can begin to reach our full potential. Many times in life we have the desire to do something or have been led by the Lord to do something. We begin to pursue that thing but it seems like nothing is happening for us to reach our full potential. Some of us have been pursuing dreams or goals for a decade or a quarter of a century and still have seen very little fruit. Joshua the son of Nun as a teenager or young adult was chosen by the Lord to become Moses personal aide (Deuteronomy 1:38). When Israel went to battle in the wilderness Joshua was a great warrior and leader in battle. He was also chosen to spy out the land; he and Caleb gave a positive report when the other spies gave an evil one. They were the only one in their generation to enter the promise land. Joshua knew he was going to lead Israel or had some suspicion at a young age but he was almost 80 before he led Israel into the promise land. He waited at least 50 years before he reached his full potential as leader of Israel and everything he did prior to that prepared him for his calling (Joshua 1:5-6). The prophet Samuel was sent to David to anoint Him as king when he was about 13 years old while Saul was still king (1 Samuel 16:13). David accomplished many amazing feats in battle, killed a giant, was the kings musician and army general. He had killed his ten thousands and Saul only thousands; this angered the king greatly and he started plotting David’s demise so he wouldn’t take his kingdom (2 Samuel 2:1). David went from being the most wanted fugitive in Israel to being King; he had to wonder when he’d reach his full potential many times.
We all are called to do something positive with our lives the Lord has called us to do. Christ equipped us to do the work of the service so the Body may be built up until we reach unity of faith and the knowledge of Christ. This is how we reach our full potential in our calling and attain the whole measure of the fullness of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-13). Just as we received Christ as Lord we must continue to be rooted in Him, we will be built up, strengthened in our faith as we were taught and overflowing with thankfulness (Colossians 2:6-7). Being rooted in Christ means we aren’t doing things that he isn’t doing; we aren’t seeking our own selfish way but to please Him in what we do. When we’re pursuing what He wants we are built up in every step of the way and we will reach our full potential in our pursuits. In Christ the deity of God lives in bodily form and in Him we are brought to fullness. He is head over every power and authority because everything was created by Him (Colossians 2:9-10). The easiest way to reach our full potential is by making sure God is on our side. We are all runners in a race but not everyone gets the prize. If we want to get the prize we must train hard and run in such a way to win the prize. These runners devote themselves to win a medal that will not last, but our prize will last forever (1 Corinthians 9:24-25). If we are willing to go into strict training for a prize that we can’t take with us then how much more should we train before we reach our full potential? Christ has us in training as we run to receive our eternal prize; before reaching our full potential there are things we need to learn before it can be reached. There are skills that cannot be attained in anyway except to learn them and the Lord lets us learn them until we reach our fullest potential.
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No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16