Tuesday, November 12, 2013

SEEING THE POTENTIAL

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 ultimately possible.

-- Bill Hybels in Just Walk Across the Room


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