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We hear a lot about human potential, and it is true that people can accomplish a great deal when they put their mind to it. The objects we will use this very day—from cars to computers—and the various technologies that drive them—from internal combustion to electronic circuitry—are the products of God-given human ingenuity. People really do have a lot of potential.

The sad reality is that many people are not living up to their potential. Laziness and half-heartedness leave many tasks incomplete, many jobs untouched, and many needs unmet.

As believers, we should recognize that any potential we have has been given to us by God and for His purposes. He has given us things to do and abilities to do them. There is no place for laziness or idleness. We have been made to serve, to do, to act.

But also know this—the Bible makes it clear that we can accomplish nothing on our own. Nothing. On the other hand, we can do all things through Christ (see Philippians 4:13).

Even with meaningful work to do, it is not our human accomplishments that we celebrate, and it certainly is not our human potential that we depend on. Our Father gave us the work, and He fashioned us for the work. And as we do His work, we are staying close to (abiding in) Him.

Say YES to God by receiving every assignment, no matter how difficult, as an invitation to be near Him.

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing (John 15:4-5 ESV).