Then He brought to my attention that when I was over seas and during all of last year, He was showing me things in my dreams. Some things that would most definitely make you uncomfortable. He said, “I’ve given you vision and you haven’t acted on anything that I’ve shown you.” PISH, huge smack down right there LOL. At first, I just flat out left those things in the back of mind because they scared me, then eventually in my study time subconsciously was avoiding them and then I started surface studying (you know not really getting into the meat of things for fear of stumbling upon what God spoke to you). When they would come to mind, I would say; that’s not in my character, or I hate speaking in front of people, what if I’m wrong and you’re not telling me to do these things and I get taken out, I need a huge sign then I’ll move forward…just every excuse to avoid what was being shown to me. It sounds horrible (because it is) but it’s a truth so many of us have…but we run when God calls us to do things that just seem so crazy that He could be asking this of us; and, perhaps that’s just the reason because He uses the unlikely candidates all throughout the bible. When the time comes for you to exercise faith and not just belief, it’s a whole ‘nother ball game.
I had a conversation with one of my good friends and we always end up talking about the word of God and encouraging one another. This time she told me about the message that was given that week which was putting our angels to work. And, I thought, my angels must be getting restless because I know for a fact I’m not giving all of them play time. Honestly, I don’t want to do that. I want to put my angels to work and I want to reach my full potential in my purpose before I leave here. It would be so shameful if when I got to the pearly gates, God said He had to raise up someone else to take care of what I would not do. So instead of focusing on the physical success, I’m focusing on spiritual success. Not to say that God won’t use my talents and career choice to aid me in reaching people for His kingdom, but my main focus should always be what can I do to better fulfill my purpose today. Now will I stop putting in applications or auditioning, no! But, my main focus will be to exercise my biblical muscle, strengthen my relationship and to be a good steward of what God has set before me so that He can keep adding and I can be used effectively.
I read a devotional not too long ago about reaching your full potential and one of the things that stood out was this, “your potential is not about being driven by ambition or success, but about recognizing who you are in God”. It listed 5 points on how to do so that I’ll quickly elaborate on.
1. Promote humility - remembering that we are always in need of God no matter how good things are at the moment and definitely when they get hard. He never forgets us and we should never forget Him. (Psalm 10)
2. Pursue intimacy - Your supreme calling is to an intimate relationship with Jesus, doing the will of the Father.
3. Put down roots - It’s important that we don’t fall away from Christ even while doing good deeds for others. People tend to think that that is enough, but it’s the part of your relationship with Christ that no one sees that are your spiritual roots. (Mathew 13:6-21)
4. Protect your heart - making sure to keep your relationship with Christ guarded and not letting anything come between that. Even good things can rise up and choke the good roots if not careful. (Husband, job, children, church activities, etc.) Put God first!
5. Purify yourself - Remember to avoid pitfalls, such as revenge or cussing people out when you get angry. Anything that allows you to step outside of the character of Christ due to emotion or otherwise. Even when we are innocent victims we should show grace and forgive. (Genesis34-35:1-7)
In closing, reaching our full potential in Christ is much like being an athlete. As a gymnast, it wasn’t until letting go and trusting my body that I could learn how to perform a new skill. In track, it wasn’t until I pushed passed my level of comfort that I was able to beat my time.
Often the Christian life is compared to running a race, staying focused with our eyes fixed on Jesus. But I say to you, think about the conditioning it takes to continue being a contender. How many times will you stumble and need to get back up, how many tantrums before you actually begin to trust your coach, how many times will you need to be thrown outside of your comfort zone to excel, and how many times will it take for you to repeat a certain skill before it becomes muscle memory? It’s not easy but the harder you push, the closer you come to reaching your full potential and ultimately in the end winning the race.