Philippians 4:13 says “I CAN do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”
But notice it doesn’t say “I am doing all things…but I CAN do all things.” This speaks of “potential.”
Potential. What is it? According to the dictionary: it is “Unrealized or undeveloped power.” Its root word is “potent” suggesting great capability. However, potential is not WORKING power, it is only POSSIBLE power. I.e. In physics. A rock on the top of a hill is POTENTIAL energy. When it rolls down the hill it is KINETIC energy. But a rock can sit on a hill for millennia and not demonstrate an ounce of energy or power. And a Christian can sit a lifetime in a pew and never accomplish anything for Christ!
When you think about it, just about everything we see around us has potential. I.e. $20 … What potential does a $20 bill have? / A match… what is a single match stick capable of?
Potential speaks of possibility. But remember, just because you CAN do something, doesn’t mean you WILL.
REFLECTION QUESTION: What are some things you would like to do to better reach your potential?