“The potential placed inside of you”

 

“For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: And profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers. But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by His grace…” Galatians 1:13-15Galatians 1:13-15
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

13 Ya habéis oído acerca de mi conducta en otro tiempo en el judaísmo, que perseguía sobremanera a la iglesia de Dios y la asolaba.l 14 En el judaísmo aventajaba a muchos de mis contemporáneos en mi nación, siendo mucho más celoso de las tradiciones de mis padres.m 15 Pero cuando agradó a Dios, que me apartó desde el vientre de mi madren y me llamó por su gracia,

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               When the Apostle Paul wrote that God had separated him, he meant that God had set him apart for a specific purpose. God set Paul apart from his mother’s womb to preach the Gospel. This is a radical thought. We always look at a person’s qualifications when we are trying to fill a position in church or in the workplace. We want to know if the applicant is reliable. We look at their accomplishments and natural abilities, and essentially choose people based on their past performance. But God’s way is different.

 

 

              This passage of Scripture says that God chose Paul and set him apart from his mother’s womb to preach the Gospel before he ever did anything good or bad or developed his talents and abilities. God isn’t looking at your resume and saying, Oh, look at what you’ve accomplished. You would be a great choice. I think I’ll call you to do such and such. No, God doesn’t work like that. From the very moment of conception, God had a plan, and from your mother’s womb, God already had a purpose designed for you.

 

 

                Our talents and abilities can be an indication of God’s will, but many of us have hidden talents and gifts that we have never recognized or developed. If we only look at what we think our talents and abilities are, we will miss God. We won’t see our real potential until we get beyond ourselves and get into a realm of trusting God for something supernatural. We can’t just say, Well, I’ve always been able to speak in front of people, so maybe God wants me to be a preacher, or something like that. We aren’t going to find God’s will that way. 1 Samuel 16:71 Samuel 16:7
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

7 Pero Jehová respondió a Samuel: --No mires a su parecer, ni a lo grande de su estatura, porque yo lo desecho; porque Jehová no mira lo que mira el hombre, pues el hombre mira lo que está delante de sus ojos, pero Jehová mira el corazón.

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              God didn’t look at Paul when he was 20 or 30 years old and say, “Wow, you’ve spent 20 years studying under Gamaliel and have all of this knowledge under your belt, so I think I’ll use you to preach the Gospel and write half the New Testament.” God doesn’t operate that way. As a matter of fact, most of us would have picked Peter to go to the heathen, believing he was half heathen himself. When Jesus called Peter, he was probably out there in the boat cussing. Peter had an attitude. It seemed like the only time he opened his mouth was to change feet! He was always doing something wrong.

 

 

            Peter wasn’t polished or religious, so most of us would have thought he would have been a great guy to send to the heathen and we would have sent Paul to the Jews! Paul was schooled in the Jewish religion; he knew the law frontward and backward. He also had a revelation of grace. Who better to convince a legalistic Jew than Paul? He was the greatest Pharisee of them all. Yet, God sent Paul to preach to the heathen and Peter to preach to the legalistic Jews.

 

 

            You might be thinking, “God couldn’t use me; I’ve been mediocre my whole life.” But God doesn’t plan His purposes for your life according to your previous achievements. He will always call you to do something that is beyond your natural ability, forcing you to rely on Him. If you only do what you feel you are naturally equipped to do, what you are capable of doing in your own strength and ability, then you will be tempted to give yourself the credit for success. You’ll think, “I’m really good at this; I’m just a natural.” In fact, I would say that if you are simply doing what comes naturally to you then you probably haven’t found God’s will for your life yet.

 

 

               God separated Paul from his mother’s womb, before he had honed his skills or accomplished anything in life. Likewise, God’s purpose for you may or may not be in accordance with what you perceive as your strengths. John 8:15John 8:15
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

15 Vosotros juzgáis según la carne; yo no juzgo a nadie.

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 I’ve heard it said that the place with the most potential on earth is a graveyard because most people die without reaching their potential; they take it to the grave.

 

 

              You were separated from the womb and God put abilities in you to fulfill His purposes. But He is not going to make His will come to pass without your cooperation. You have to make an effort to find God’s plan for your life. You can’t judge what His plan is by merely looking at your natural abilities. If you look at your history of successes or failures, you might miss God’s plan and never realize the potential He has placed inside of you.