by Rick Warren — June 14, 2023
From 40 Days in the Word
“You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
John 8:31-32 (NLT)
You cannot fathom your full potential—only your Creator can. Only God, the one who made you, knows all you are capable of being. Your parents, your spouse, your friends, and your boss only get a glimpse of your potential.
Only God knows what you’re truly capable of.
Most people live for the approval of others. They spend all of their time worrying about what others think of them. Your life has been limited by replaying tapes in your head of people who have lied to you—even if they didn’t mean to. They’ve told you that you can’t do something or that you’re not good enough.
You’ve played these tapes over and over in your mind. But they’re lies! The people who made those statements about you have no idea about your potential.
To know your real potential, you have to talk to your Creator. Only he knows what he can do through your life. And only he can unlock that potential. How does he do it?
Jesus says in John 8:31-32, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (NLT).
God’s Word will unlock all you’ve been made to do and be. Through it, you’ll be able to do things you never thought possible.
How do you do that?
First, learn God’s Word. God won’t unlock your potential until you actually open the Bible and learn it. You won’t unlock potential by osmosis. You’ll start to do it by learning what the Bible says.
Second, accept God’s Word. The Bible has to be the authority in your life. You may not like what you’re reading, but—if you want God’s best for your life—you need to accept what it says as the final authority for how you live.
Third, obey God’s Word. You can’t just learn God’s Word and accept God’s Word. You have to do what the Bible teaches. You don’t get blessed for the parts of the Bible you know. You get blessed for the parts of the Bible you do.
You were made for much more than you ever imagined. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 2:9, “What God has planned for people who love him is more than eyes have seen or ears have heard. It has never even entered our minds!” (CEV)
Open up God’s Word, and get ready to do what only God can imagine.