Potential & Purpose (7) Recognize God
Do you believe you have wisdom?
"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To Him belongs eternal praise." (Psalm 111:10)
Recognize that God created you
You did not create yourself. Therefore, if you did not create you, you don’t know what’s in you. God knows. But He is more than willing to share this information with you. In order to define your potential and purpose, you must first recognize that God created you.
First of all, it is important to know what your purpose is and the only way you will know that is if you believe you were created for a purpose. Now, how do you know you were created for a purpose? That’s easy. You’re here. The Bible says, “In the beginning, God spoke the word (1 John 1:1) and the Word was made flesh (1 John 1:2). It also says, “God created all things, and He looked upon all that He had done and said, “It is good.” So we know that everything God created was good, including you.
It would seem obvious that in order for you to believe God has a purpose for your life, you must be a believer and know who you are in Christ. The first “sign of wisdom is fear of God” (Psalm 111:10). The word fear used in this context does not mean afraid and run from; it means to reverence - to honor - to lift up with high esteem.
Have you visited a cemetery lately? The headstones of people tell what they accomplished in this life; and some say nothing. Or, they say things that probably should not have been said to the outside world. But the Bible says, “David was buried in the city of David (Jerusalem) with his ancestors…and his son, Solomon carried on in his stead. And God blessed Solomon because of his father David” (1 Kings 2:10, 12).
It is important to know your destiny can be fulfilled or disrupted according to your deeds. Look at Judas Iscariot. He was a good accountant. He kept the books, remember; but he was a penny pincher. Do you remember the complaint when the woman used the expensive ($300) ointment (Matthew 26:6-9, Mark 14:4) to anoint Jesus? Please watch your thoughts; they become your words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny. You know many people name their children from the Bible; but I have not heard of anyone naming their child after Judas. Have you? In other words, “Let this mind be in you which is also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5). Please don’t go to your grave without fulfilling the plan of God for your life. Now I won’t leave you hanging about how to fulfill the purpose of God for your life.
Still don't know your potential or purpose? Send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, we'll talk about it or keep reading the series, you'll find it.
Potential & Purpose Series
(1) Potential & Purpose: What are they?
(2) Potential & Purpose: How do they work?
(3) Potential & Purpose: Examples: Henry Ford
(4) Potential & Purpose: Examples: Beyonce
(5) Potential & Purpose: Examples: Jesus Christ
(6) Potential & Purpose: Discovering yours
(7) Potential & Purpose: Recognizing God
(8) Potential & Purpose: Trust Him
(9) Potential & Purpose: Define it
(10) Potential & Purpose: Write it
(11) Potential & Purpose: Develop it
(12) Potential & Purpose: Test it
(13) Potential & Purpose: Build relationships
(16) Book References
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