We hear a good deal of talk, today, about maximizing your potential. No matter if it's business, sports, educational opportunities or any other area of life, we are being encouraged to be the best we can be.
If these other areas of life are important, how much more then are we compelled to maximize our potential in our service to the Lord Jesus Christ? I would like to lay before you several helpful points, which if followed, will enable us to do this.
First of all, we must serve God with all our heart (Matthew 22:37-38). You know, we put all we have into things that do not pertain to God. For example, if we are sports enthusiasts we let others know which team we are fans of. I've even see people get in to arguments and walk off angry because of what someone said about "their" team. Today, people have a difficult time even mentioning the name of Jesus and confessing that they are a child of God to others. They'll yell themselves hoarse rooting for their favorite team, yet they fail miserable in their responsibility to share their faith. We should be Jesus fans! We should get as radical about Jesus as we do other things in life.
Second, we should minimize our problems (Acts 5:40-42). the truth is, if you're going to serve God, you're going to have problems. Many folks become discouraged and quit when they encounter problems. 1 John 4:4 tells us "Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world." While we are moping around feeling sorry for ourselves worrying about our problems, people are dying and going to hell! People are hurting and need to know our Jesus. The work of God goes on with or without us.
Third, we must have the proper attitude. We must stop criticizing others. The bottom line is that the ones we are criticizing are out d-o-i-n-g things for God and getting things done. If we would put the same effort into serving God as we do in criticizing others we, too, would see a difference in our world.
Fourth, we must not allow our discouragement to show. We can fake the devil out by not showing our discouragement. God knows what is on the inside, but Satan only knows the outside. God cannot use a discouraged person - He uses those who are victorious!
Three things cause discouragement: 1) Taking your eyes off Jesus and putting them on the circumstances, 2) Being misunderstood by those Christians round us (most of the time time we punch the dagger too quickly) and 3) Brooding and moping over the past. We must attempt o avoid these three things.
Fifth, we must be unselfish. We must give ourselves, our time and our talents to God as well as to others. We must be available when someone is in need. We must be available for God to use us.
As Paul said (2 Corinthians 6:20) we, too, are ambassadors of Christ here on earth. We should seek to maximize our potential as an ambassador of heaven.
Until next time...enjoy the journey!
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