Will You Realize Your Potential This Year?
Nehemiah 2:17-18 says, You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.” I also told them about the gracious hand of my God upon me and what the king had said to me. They replied, “Let us start rebuilding.” So they began this good work.
The story of Nehemiah returning to Jerusalem to rebuild and restore the City of Jerusalem gives us several principles for realizing our full potential. When it comes to people realizing their full potential, all people choose one of two things. Either they choose the pain of discipline and discipleship, which is a result of commitment, sacrifice and growth, or they choose to live with the pain of regret, which comes by taking the easy road and refusing the opportunities given to them.
There is a large difference between a person being interested in something and being committed to it. When most of us are only interested in something (such as prayer, Bible study or church attendance), we participate in the aspects of it only when we find it to be convenient. On the other hand, when we are committed to something, we accept no excuses whether they come from within or without. Why is that? Because everything worth having costs something and the first price is the price of commitment.
Several years ago I attended a leadership seminar led by John Maxwell. John is a very gifted and anointed leader. For hours that day he taught on the principles of leadership. But it was the first principle that truly impacted my life in a dynamic way. He said, “if you don’t know where you are going…any road will get you there.” In other words, if you can’t lead yourself, it is impossible to lead others. And, to lead oneself takes a commitment. It takes a commitment to the goal and the journey.
David said in Psalm 37:5, “Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.” His son Solomon said, “Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” (Proverbs 16:3)
Without commitment we are doomed to an aimless life. In the New Testament Paul said that the gospel had been “committed to him.” (1 Corinthians 9:17). In his statement Paul used the Greek word, pisteuo. Pisteuo speak of something that one thinks to be true, to be persuaded of, to credit, place confidence in. In other words commitment takes belief, confidence and conviction. In the moral or spiritual sense, the word speaks of the trust to which a man is impelled by a certain inner and higher prerogative and law of soul.
When we are committed to reaching our potential, our inner man “aims” toward the fullness of that potential. By being committed to becoming all that we can be in Christ Jesus, our inner man “believes” that the Lord will help us and that the Holy Spirit will be our Guide. This “faith” pulls us toward our destiny. The destiny for each of us is to become all that we can become in Christ.
Pray this prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, You were so committed to obeying the will of the Father and paying the full price for our salvation. You are committed to interceding for us at the right hand of the Father and sending the Holy Spirit to lead us, guide us and encourage us along the way. Help me to be committed this year to Your will and Your way. I commit myself to you, to understanding Your will and realizing my full potential in You. (Ephesians 5:17-18)