giveway-1024x284God has given each of His children special gifts and abilities. Each of us is unique and special, so how do we respond to God for doing that in and for us? David's response in Psalm 139:14 was one of thankfulness and worship. He wrote, "Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it." (NLT) As we grow to comprehend the signifi cance of this in our lives, our proper response is to thank our Creator for the gifts and talents He has imbued us with.

Then along with our appreciation of this on a spiritual plane comes another response, a practical one. And those well-known mission related Bible verses come to mind, "And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere - in ..." Acts 1:8 and "Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, ..." Matt 28:19. These biblical imperatives put the legs on that fi rst appropriate response of praise to God.

Given we can have confi dence that God has made us well and we can also rely on His Holy Spirit within us to enable us for our mandates, what then? Bluntly, it comes down to trusting God and getting on with the job. Unlocking your potential requires a faith-walk, a deep trust that God has it sorted for you. And that He does. Paul in writing to Christians puts it this way, "For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Eph 2:10 That's incredible, isn't it?! To think that our Almighty God has prepared His 'good works' for you and me to do ... already! He's just waiting for us to get stuck in and run with them.

There's a personal responsibility here for all of us Christians. But if you are in church leadership, you also have a responsibility to survey those in your community for God-given potential. There might be someone there who is just needing your endorsing encouragement. Be like the leaders in the early church who laid hands on people and sent them out! Do you have anyone in your church community you could journey with having this end goal in mind?

Whatever it takes ... however it looks ... let's be people who unleash God's potential within us and in others!

Sefton Marshall, Operations Director.

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