In Paul’s letter to the saints at Phillipi, and by extension he made a profound statement that forms the core of who we are as God’s Children – “I can do all things by Christ that strengthens me” (4:13). When he said ‘I can do all things’, he was not alluding to a habit which he had acquired by frequent exercise but a disposition (mindset) which he had by grace; and that he was enabled to do all by the power of an indwelling Christ. In a nutshell there is, in every man, a potential to unleash.
Brethren, how do you think your life would be if you truly believe that you can do all things by Christ the strengthener? Embedded in each and every one of us irrespective of our age, sex, status or present circumstances, is a potential to be the best and offer our best to humanity to the glory of Christ our strength.
If you don’t add value, nobody will need you and if you are of no use, your presence is just going to be tolerated and never be celebrated. The truth is, until you start unleashing your potential, you are never going to matter. The reason someone can be absent in church and not being noticed is because he/she hasn’t been of much impact.
If truly we have potential as Paul would have us believed, why then do some of us remain insignificant or lacking impact? Every one of us in this imperfect world has a fair share of negative and positive powers, laziness and dynamism, creativity and stagnation, and fear and peace of mind. Rightly so, those that give themselves over to positivism, dynamism, creativity and peace of mind are they that are working in the light of God’s word. Sadly though, the weakling and impact-less are those who give themselves to laziness, limited by fear and consequently stagnated through life. While history celebrates achievers, it shows no mercy for weaklings.
God gave his children sight, vision and perception, to understand their environment and the consequences of their actions. Our minds are factories of ideas and of conception, the higher the quality of the raw material we absorb, the better the quality of the final product. No wonder Paul in his letter to Romans and by extension to us today said, “Be not conformed to this world; but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is good, acceptable and perfect, will of God.”
To escape the life of stagnation, failure, frustration, disappointment and unhappiness, you must unleash your potential by the help of Christ. To do that, you must refrain from giving excuses, from procrastination and from laziness, and never stop learning. A man given to knowledge increases in strength and influence.
Henceforth, refused to be intimidated, unleash your potential. For your tomorrow’s sake, exert yourself today, and walk in dominion.
God bless you.
Bro. Gbenga Arowolo