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“Realizing Your Potential Through the Power of God”

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You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

- 2 Timothy 3.10-11, 14-15

Many regard 2 Timothy as Paul’s farewell address. In this very personal letter, Timothy was encouraged to be strong in his faith and allow his relationship with Jesus sustain him during the ups and downs of ministry. Previously, Timothy did an admirable job following Paul and his manner of life. Now it was time for him to fan into flame the gift of God and move with power, love, and self control, 2 Timothy 1.6, 7. By the power of God, Timothy had tremendous potential to impact a lost world.

So do we. Each one of us possesses great potential. God sees possibilities in us that we cannot imagine. See Ephesians 3.20. By the way you live your life, you can impact someone you know with Jesus. The words you say and the things you do matter. Christians live their life following Jesus. Is that what your life says? Does it speak of your spiritual commitments? Do others see the hope you have? Your trust in God’s forgiveness? Your thankfulness for grace?

Today’s scripture reading is from Matthew 5.14-16. It serves as the purpose statement for Christianity. You have been called to shine. By your actions, others will glorify God. Every Christian can do this, it doesn’t matter how long or short of a time they’ve been in Christ.

Our life speaks much louder than our words and intentions. What does your life say?

— Matthew Allen