Have you seen a greater potential in someone than what they could see in themselves? Unfortunately, you can only pour into someone what they are able to take in and process. Great spiritual leaders are those who can see the potential of someone far greater than what is currently manifesting. Equipping that person to grasp that potential involves helping to paint the potential, drawing them out of mediocre Christian living and propelling them into great faith.
But what happens when the person cannot see or take in the potential being brought to them? All men and women of God have struggled initially when divine potential is delivered to their doorstep. Even Gideon himself struggled with the whole “you mighty man of valor” call that God brought to him. But at some point, there comes a crossroads as to whether or not we will receive the greater potential God is calling us to.
You must realize that the enemy will not let you see the potential on the inside of you that God has deposited there. For decades, I have proclaimed the divine potential over many, only to see them squander it because they could not grasp this great potential. The work of self-hate and unworthiness blocked their ability to process this loving expression for their future. What is poured into them becomes sabotaged, sometimes expressed in false humility or passivity. Nonetheless, greater things could not be taken in.
This has created a great deal of grieving in my heart and in the lives of many spiritual leaders. You see it in them. You tell them. You give them chances to shine in it. But they can’t take it in. They don’t take the step. They do nothing with it.
I remember a church service when I spoke this potential over the men of the congregation. My call was to draw men out of their passivity and see their divine call of leadership in the Kingdom. I could feel slumber and passivity thick as ice in the room. As I passionately proclaimed a greater picture of their identity, I could see their uncomfortability, because my message meant getting out of passivity and into obedience to the higher calling.
I made a plea for men to stand in agreement with me as I lifted one arm straight up in the air and held it high. The problem is, I stood there for what seemed like an eternity as not one man stood to his feet. Seconds turned into minutes and minutes turned into an eternity……I grieved the war that was taking place over the potential. The service ended with not a single male responding. I witnessed first hand the absolute battle waging over this issue.
At the end of the day, we all have a responsibility to receive the call that God has placed on our identity and walk with it. Too many of us are living according to a lower identity and a more comfortable potential—usually involving no risk, no adventure and no courage. Nothing stretches….nothing challenges….sitting on your biscuit, never having to risk it.
So, what is God showing you? Have you tolerated a lesser identity? Do people around you see more in you than you do in yourself? Is there a sabotaging work taking place, keeping you from seeing what God has for your identity? What limitations need to be renounced for the identity that God created you to be to shine forth?