Greater Potential

Written by Margaret Chew (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Magaret Chew was Brand Planner for 20 years. Having left the creative scene in 2018, she is now a Certified Group Exercise Instructor and Trainer with LES MILLS RPM, TRX Training and American Council on Exercise. Margaret is also a triathlete, duathlete and avid hiker.

October 1, 2023

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

“Why am I here and what’s my greater purpose on earth?”

“Do I really have a greater potential?”

“Am I good enough to do what other people say I can?”

“Why would God want to use me? I think God has forgotten about me!”

“I guess I feel safer just doing the same routine everyday…why risk anything?”

More often than not, we have all fallen into the pity-pit.
We allow the world to control how we perceive ourselves (good or bad) or what we are capable of doing.
We walk this life, day in and day out, striving to compete with each other, or live in a “cinematic” world.
With the digital age, we paint a perfect picture of ourselves through social media and possibly trick ourselves into believing that our potential is limited to how people view us through these lenses. 

We think our potential is limited to our worldly knowledge and wisdom, determined by our education and family background, socio-economic status and friends we hang out with.
Our worldly potential is governed by how fast we climb the corporate ladder, how much money we make, and by having a luxurious lifestyle.
There is nothing wrong with any of these because God want us to enjoy our lives through the fruits of our labor that stem from the talents and gifts from Him.
But do we realize that we were created for a much greater purpose and potential? 

Our greater potential does not stem from our hard work.
It is not viewed from the lenses of the world but through God’s eyes.
We were all created for His good works.
We were created to love and honor Him.
We were created to allow Him to use us through the talents and gifts to do more than what the world sees us to be. 

Have you been in a situation where you think “this is it…I am not made to do this”.
Sometimes, our potential does not lie in doing what we already know.
God will take us out of our comfort zones.
He knows how far we can go with Him, if we trust Him and allow Him to take us beyond our limited imaginations. 

Humans are not just random products of evolution.
We were designed by God to have a greater potential and purpose.
God has a plan for each one of us, and He wants us to discover and fulfill it.
We can only do that by knowing Him personally and following His guidance.
God loves us unconditionally and offers us eternal life through His Son, Jesus Christ.
He invites us to join His family and His mission in the world. He is the source of our true identity, value and meaning.

How do we achieve greater potential with God’s guidance?

We should seek God’s Will in everything we do and align our actions with His commands and promises.
God has a plan for each of us and He wants us to fulfill the purpose He has given us. 

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

By following His guidance, we can grow in faith, love, wisdom, and service.
We can also experience His peace, joy, and blessings in our lives.

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.”

Psalm 32:8 (NIV)

Trust Him in every situation.
Rely on His strength and grace.
God knows what is best for us, and He will never leave us nor forsake us. 

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

He is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us (NIV, Ephesians 3:20-21).
We can overcome any challenge, obstacle, or difficulty by depending on God.
We can also discover His power, presence, and provision in our lives. 

“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

Philippians 4:13 (NIV)

May we all be encouraged that we are God’s masterpieces.
Even before we were born, He had already planned the direction of our life.
Our potential is not limited to our own strength.
Know that where He wills our potential, that is where it will be.
Greater potential in God’s eyes can be different for everyone. It is not the scale of your mission because your potential lies in your obedience to His calling.

Prayer & Reflection

  • Are you currently in a situation where you think you cannot do more? How can you allow God’s word to change the way you think?
  • What can you do to overcome a situation that you are fearful to go beyond where you are currently?
  • Is there something stirring in your heart that you always felt like doing but never had the courage to do?

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