God’s gift to us is “potential” and our gift to God is to develop it. In many ways we have to leave behind what is familiar, safe and secure in order to step into another level of growth and development. We won’t grow until we move out of our comfort zones.
Flying Off A Ministry Cliff
I remember when God called us out of Oregon to start our church in Fremont (in the San Francisco bay area) . We were comfortable in our church in Oregon. We were well liked, had good friends, a decent salary, medical coverage for the family and job security. It was at this time the Lord dropped a thought in our hearts to return to Fremont (my hometown) to plant a church.
At that moment we needed to make a choice. Do we stay in Oregon and continue in ministry or do we allow God to continue to develop and grow us by being obedient to His voice and take the flying leap off a ministry cliff? Planting a church is no easy task, especially in San Francisco Bay Area. We said, “yes.”
Take On The Responsibility To Grow
The decision to leave Oregon and move back to California was big. We knew that the skills that helped us to be successful in Oregon were probably not the skills that would make us successful in Fremont. We needed to grow.
So we diligently put our trust in the Lord and took on the responsibility to personally grow in order to fulfill God’s call in our lives. We read books, received counsel, got around mentors, went to conferences and listened to cd’s and watched dvd’s and prayed… a lot!
Great People Grow
Great people don’t become great by staying in their comfort zones. Think of Abraham, Moses, Joseph, Daniel or Paul. Each of these men had to grow in order to fulfill their God-given assignment. So do we.
Author and contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series Alan Cohen says, “To grow, you must be willing to let your present and future be totally unlike your past. Your history is not your destiny.”
Someone once said, “I have always been more motivated by the possibility of success than by the fear of failure.” Faith toward God and personal growth is the difference.
God Will Stretch Us To Reach Our Full Potential
Well then, how do I grow? Read books, study the Word, listen to audio and watch video, get around people who can help you and challenge you. Do you have mentors and coaches? If not, you should. These will help you grow to your full potential.
Here’s what I discovered, God will stretch us to grow us. We will never be fully ready to do what He requires. Therein lies the tension. This tension keeps us dependent on the Lord and personally growing.
The difference between my deficiency and my capacity is my diligence to keep growing. Trust God fully and grow intentionally.