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Supernatural Animation – Achieving Your Potential

Unlocking Our PotentialRomans chapter 12 begins with an appeal for believers to give themselves to God as living sacrifices.

But the verses that follow make clear that each person’s sacrifice will look different.

As you surrender yourself to God, He’ll help you gauge your strengths and understand what He wants you to do with them. He promises that you’ll find the result “good and pleasing and perfect.”

Interact with God’s Word

Romans 12:4-11

  1. How aware are you of needing every other believer to perform his or her “special function” (v. 4)?
  2. Do you have a feel for what your special function might be?
  3. The list of abilities, in verses 6-8, is far from complete. But who in your group is bold and articulate? Faithful and loyal? A motivator? Generous and trusting? A good organizer and manager? Caring and happy to give his time to others?
  4. Are you aware of a special ability God has given you? How would you describe it?
  5. In what ways does Scripture urge you to exercise this ability (vv. 6-8, 11)?

Spend Time in Prayer:  Thank God for people He has gifted in ways completely different from you. Pray for their strengths to balance your weaknesses, and vice versa.

Romans 12:4-11

4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are all parts of his one body, and each of us has different work to do. And since we are all one body in Christ, we belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others. 6 God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out when you have faith that God is speaking through you.

7 If your gift is that of serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, do a good job of teaching. 8 If your gift is to encourage others, do it! If you have money, share it generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly. 9 Don’t just pretend that you love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of the good.

10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. 11 Never be lazy in your work, but serve the Lord enthusiastically.

Prayer for the Week: You designed me, Lord. Show me how my potential can be fully harnessed for Your kingdom.

 

Supernatural Animation – Thrill Zone

Unlocking Our PotentialKey Bible Verse: “For I know the plans I have for you” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”  – Jeremiah 29:11

Bonus Reading: 2 Corinthians 9:10-14

[continued from yesterday]  Mission field? Rich chuckled. What work of God needs a whiz at budgets and flow charts? World Vision. They called in 1998: Would you become our CEO? Rich knew this ministry championed the cause of the poor. But why did they want him to take a 75 percent pay cut to head, not a business, but a ministry? He declined.

World Vision persisted, persuading Rich to take a day-long skills inventory. The results convinced its board that Rich was made for the job. “This is a chance to marry your gifts with God’s call,” urged board member Bill Hybels. “When you do that, you enter the zone in which you were made to live.” Rich prayed—and took the leap, swapping porcelain sales for relief efforts, marketing meetings for strategy sessions on AIDS.

Has he regretted it? “This is the fulfillment of who I was created to be,” Rich Stearns insists. He quotes today’s Key Bible Verse. “Looking back, I can see the plan. I wonder why I waited 23 years.”

World Vision has no regrets either. In Rich’s first six years, its annual budget jumped from $350- to $807 million, making it the largest relief organization ever. Now the underdog from Syracuse helps the world’s underdogs—and loves every minute.

—Max Lucado in Cure for the Common Life

My Response: How may fulfillment be different from fun?

Thought to Apply: I became my own only when I gave myself to Another.—C.S. Lewis (British scholar & apologist)

Adapted from Cure for the Common Life (W Publishing, 2005)

Prayer for the Week: You designed me, Lord. Show me how my potential can be fully harnessed for Your kingdom.

 

Supernatural Animation – Underdog to Top Dog

Unlocking Our PotentialKey Bible Verse: God has given gifts to each of you … so that God’s generosity can flow through you. 1 Peter 4:10

Bonus Reading: 1 Peter 4:10-11

Ten-year-old Rich trembled as his parents yelled in the next room. Father drinking again. Never enough money or work.

My parents can’t help me, he realized. I’ve got to make it on my own. Education would be his bus ticket out of scarcity. A scholarship got him to Cornell; hard work made the grades. Rich recruited a ragtag team of students like himself to play volleyball. They trounced the prestigious frat squads!

Awarded a scholarship to Wharton, Rich earned an MBA and found the two loves of his life: Reneé and Jesus. Reneé suggested registering their wedding at a department store’s china section. The advocate for the underdog refused. “As long as there are hungry children, we shouldn’t have china or crystal.”

The business world came easily for Rich. By age 33 he occupied the CEO office for Parker Brothers, the game company. Eleven years later he was CEO of Lenox China and Crystal. But something seemed off balance. The groom who’d resisted the china registry was selling fine dinnerware to the wealthy! Rich restlessly considered moving to Boca Raton and playing golf. “No way!” Reneé retorted. “If we retire, it’ll be to the mission field.”  [continued tomorrow]

—Max Lucado in Cure for the Common Life

My Response: I’ll make time to review what my passion is.

Thought to Apply: The giants of faith all had one thing in common: neither victory not success, but passion.—Philip Yancey (author)

Adapted from Cure for the Common Life (W Publishing, 2005)

Prayer for the Week: You designed me, Lord. Show me how my potential can be fully harnessed for Your kingdom.

 

Supernatural Animation – Max’s Lost Max

Unlocking Our PotentialKey Bible Verse: God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well.  – Romans 12:6

Bonus Reading: Romans 12:4-11

“Describe times when you did something you love to do and did it well” was my assignment from organizational consultant Rick Wellock.  My list included:

  • Delivering an election-winning speech to the high school freshman class.
  • Neglecting other homework to write and rewrite short stories for a literature course.
  • Presenting my first Bible lesson. Stunned that the middle schoolers listened.

The counselor studied my list, then asked, “What one word describes your passion?”

“Message,” I replied without hesitation.

“Does your calendar reflect your passion?” he asked. We reviewed six months of meetings, fund-raising, and facility development. “Seems like you are sitting on a lot of planning committees,” he observed.

“I assumed I should since I’m the minister.”

“What do you discuss in these meetings?”

“Paint color. Parking lot size. City building codes.”

“Do you enjoy them?”

“Slightly more than open-heart surgery.”

“Do people turn to you for strategic-planning advice?”

“No.”

My exhaustion made sudden sense. I was operating out of my weakness, doing the most what I do the worst!

—Max Lucado in Cure for the Common Life

My Response: Am I neglecting my strengths?

Adapted from Cure for the Common Life (W Publishing, 2005)

Prayer for the Week: You designed me, Lord. Show me how my potential can be fully harnessed for Your kingdom.

 

Supernatural Animation – Living Color

Unlocking Our PotentialWho Said It…Lee Strobel

Lee Strobel grew up in a Christian home, but turned atheist after encountering evolution in high school. He studied journalism and law, becoming an investigative reporter, then legal affairs editor at the Chicago Tribune.

A chance news assignment renewed his interest in God. After a nearly two-year investigation of the evidence for Jesus, Strobel received Christ as his forgiver and leader. Here he shares what nudged him to a new role as an author and teacher of apologetics.

What He Said…Living Color

One day, out of nowhere, my boss at the newspaper asked me why I was a Christian. I’d never explained that to anybody. But I closed his office door and talked for 45 minutes about the difference Jesus was making in my life and what it means to become His follower.

When I emerged from his office, it was as if my entire life up until that meeting had been a movie shot in very grainy black-and-white film with scratchy sound—but this 45 minutes had been in bright, vivid Technicolor with rich Dolby stereo! Instantly I knew that from that day forward I wanted to develop and deploy my evangelism gift in any way I could.

There’s a unique sense of fulfillment that comes when we submit our gifts to God’s use and ask him to energize them in a supernatural way—and then step back to watch what He does. It can be the difference between merely existing in black and white and living a life in full, brilliant color.

Adapted from God’s Outrageous Claims (Zondervan, 1997, 2005)

Prayer for the Week: You designed me, Lord. Show me how my potential can be fully harnessed for Your kingdom.