Better than anyone in history, in any field or discipline, Jesus capitalized on the possibility in people -- the hidden potential inherent in all of us. Talented entrepreneurs in our society see hidden potential in a product or service before anybody else does -- and as a result of pursuing their vision, cutting-edge companies emerge. Expert athletic coaches often spot hidden potential in a high school football player or tennis player, and because of applied foresight, college sports dynasties are built.
But Jesus had a corner of
the "potential" market. He had
an uncanny ability to look past the obvious flaws in people's lives and
envision who they could become if the power of God were released in their lives. Intrinsically, He just wondered about
people. Wondered what they could
become. Wondered how they might look in
a transformed state. Wondered what
impact they could have if their lives were invested in things of eternal value.
He somehow saw the godly
worshiper clothed as a worn, wearied prostitute. The faithful disciple hiding inside a
fisherman named Simon. The hidden
philanthropist in the life of a crooked tax collector named Zacchaeus. The risk-taker in a cowardly Jewish ruler
named Nicodemus. What a fantastic gift
He had for seeing what nobody else could see!
"All things are
possible" was Jesus' mantra. All
things. And countless lives were
transformed because He chose to look past surface stuff to see what was
-- Bill Hybels in Just Walk Across the Room