Every person, regardless of his or her station in life, has the God-given potential to be something more than they currently are. We are all aware of this at some level. We know that God has created us for more—more holiness, more fruitfulness, better relationships, less guilt, fewer regrets. We instinctively know that we have unrealized potential, regardless of how much progress we may already have made. God could do more in us, with us, and through us if we were more fully available to him and more fully saturated with his Holy Spirit. This truth is not for pastors only. Every believer has the potential to grow, to become more like Christ and more effective in his Kingdom. And it isn’t true only of new believers. No matter how long a person has walked with the Lord, he or she has room—and responsibility—to keep seeking, keep growing. Spiritual growth is not a course of study that ends with graduation. You will be growing in Christ for all eternity. And one of the great tragedies of our day is that so many Christians ignore or defer both the need and opportunity to be transformed by the Spirit of God. You were made for more.
I want to help you understand, identify, and remove the barriers to a deeper relationship with God. We grow by our connection to him; therefore, it is essential to understand the things that will enhance that relationship and the things that detract from it. The busyness of life—even the busyness of church—demands so much of our time and attention that we are not able to keep in close contact with God, overcome sin in our lives, and function the way he wants us to. Ironically, many pastors and other Christian workers spend so much time investing in the kingdom that they fail to pay attention to their own heart. Even the apostle Paul had this concern and warned about it, saying, “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway” (1 Cor. 9:27). I have seen many Christians—even pastors—fall into this trap. Some have even failed morally and walked away from ministry simply because they became too overwhelmed to maintain their spiritual health. Though many have repented, salvaging their marriage and their own salvation, they nevertheless failed to live up to their full potential in Christ. I want more for you.
I want more for every believer, every pastor, every church volunteer, every follower of Jesus. My aim in writing this book is not merely to build a hospital at the bottom of the hill to help and heal those who have fallen—though I do believe in saving and restoring grace. Rather, I want to build a Temple at the top of the hill, a place of hope, of worship, of intimate fellowship, that will draw all people to a deeper, closer, more powerful relationship with Jesus Christ. Once there, I want to construct a guardrail—a fence—to ensure that we continue in close fellowship with the Father. We need solid principles and consistent actions that will keep us from sliding back into old habits and practices. This fence has seven sides. They are seven spiritual principles that will open your eyes to weaknesses in your life, make you aware of the more that God has for you, and ensure that your relationship with him remains intimate, vibrant, and strong. When we are finished, you will have a clearer picture of what your life could be, and you will have identified practical action steps for moving in that direction. You will be energized, equipped, and motivated to set out on the greatest adventure of your life—reaching your full potential in Christ. Are you ready?
My recently released book, Made for More – 7 Proven Strategies for Reaching Your Potential, is now available through Amazon, Kindle, or you may order directly from us at First Pentecostal Church by calling 850-477-1100.