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Monday, May 25, 2015

You Have Potential!

1778, George Washington, introduces a recruit named Baron von Steuben, a Prussian-born American military officer to aid in the battle against the British. Von Steuben, served as inspector general and Major General of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. It is said that President Washington had a gift for enlisting people who did not seem as though they could achieve great things. Prior to joining President Washington, Von Steuben was a lifelong soldier that found himself, imprisoned, unemployed, and discharged from his army. In the US, Von Steuben was a foreign mercenary with a damaged reputation, yet, when put in position, his military core rose to the occasion. He brought discipline to ragtag recruits, order, hygiene, living adjustments and a manual on military training with methods used today. Using 100 men, he turned them into an elite force, each training 100 more. He brought a new attitude. This helped change the course of the war that formed our nation. What does this have to do with God and Christianity? Excuse my comparison, but just as Washington was able to see the potential in von Steuben, God see our potential. God knows our potential. God gave us potential. Amen! Despite your past, future, present situation. Despite your sex, race, or background. The question is, will we decide to deprive the world or bless the world with those gifts that are locked away inside. God wants us to use or reach our potential through him. 

1st Corinthians 12:4-6 says, “4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. 6 There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons.”  The scripture refers to spiritual gifts, which appear to mean exact understanding, and uttering the doctrines of the Christian religion; the knowledge of mysteries, and skill to give advice and counsel. Also the gift of healing the sick, the working of miracles, and to explain Scripture by a peculiar gift of the Spirit, and ability to speak and interpret languages.

Just like von Steuben, there is great wealth of potential within us. We can change the entire landscape of this world. Consider asking yourself in what ways are you working toward your potential using your strengths and abilities? Think of a time when you believed you were reaching your potential and what was God doing in that moment?