Reach Your Spiritual Potential
by Zack Howard
Reaching our potential is what we all desire to do. Whether it’s our potential in our careers, with our families, or spiritually, we want to be the best we can be. In order to do so, we must be willing to examine ourselves and seek out room to grow.
In Psalm 1, we have a blueprint on reaching our spiritual potential.
A Disciple Delights in God’s Word. In verses 1-2 we read: “1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.”
In order to reach our potential, a disciple is expected to be selective in what he turns to for guidance. Instead of listening to the world for guidance and advice, a disciple is expected to hear to God’s word, strive to understand it, and apply it to their own life.
This means instead of being influenced by worldly leaders and scholars, we should be influenced by the Bible, reading scripture and looking for ways to apply it to our lives. This means we turn to prayer, focusing on a relationship with God first, and not fall to the influence of those who are driven by personal desires.
Not only do we know God’s word, but we are supposed to delight in it as well! This means we are overjoyed to read scripture and go to God in prayer. This means we are excited for time alone with God. If we are trying to reach our spiritual potential, then we have to know what God says in his word, and we have to delight in it too.
A Disciple is Fruitful in Their Actions. In verses 3-4, we are given the second expectation: “3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. 4 The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.”
Reaching our spiritual potential means bearing fruit. This means we use our blessings to bring others to see God! In comparison to a tree planted close to a source of nourishment, God blesses us and we must use those gifts for his glory. Like the tree, God nourishes us and cares for us. In return he expects his disciples to be productive and not useless.
The more productive we are, the stronger foundation we have, rooted in the blessings of God. Not so are the wicked, who are blown by the wind, chasing after fleeting pleasures of the earth.
Are we blessed with wealth? Use it to help others. Are we blessed with wisdom? Use it help others understand the word of God. We come closer to reaching our spiritual potential when we use the gifts God has given us for him.
So why is it important for us to meet the expectations God has given us? In verses 5-6, the Psalmist writes: “5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; 6 for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.”
The reason we strive to reach our spiritual potential is simple; one day God will judge the people of this world for their actions. Those who do not meet his expectations shall perish. In order to be known by God, we have to be growing for him, striving to reach our potential.