Wasted Potential

It’s tough as a Christian to watch other Christians fall away or languish in mediocre activity. God wants His people to abound. Paul told the Romans, “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (15:13). He told the Corinthians that they should be “always abounding in the work of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58). He prayed for the Thessalonians: “And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you” (1 Thessalonians 3:12). Abounding resulted in praise.

Christians have to be rooted, grounded, and established in faith and love to face the temptations of the devil (Ephesians 3:17; Colossians 2:7). Beware, sin and discouragement will waste your potential. Churches should provide adequate motivation and clear pathways to develop, but people are responsible to build themselves up on their “most holy faith” (Jude 20).

When you build yourself up, you make yourself a great asset to God. A lot of Christians are faithful now because someone realized their potential and taught and encouraged their brethren years ago. Demas, once the subject of Paul’s admiration (Colossians 4:14), went back into the world (2 Timothy 4:10). I wonder how much Paul turned over Demas’ desertion in his mind? I wonder how much he mourned because of the wasted potential of Demas? Don’t let others look at you and grieve what you could’ve been.

Kyle Campbell