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The Land produced vegetation: plant bearing seed according to their kind. Genesis 1:12

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. 2 Corinthians 4:7

“The tragedy in life is when a tree dies in a seed, when a man dies in a boy, when a woman dies in a girl, when a dream dies in the mind, when the ‘what could have been’ become ‘what should have been’.” Myles Munroe

You are not just who you think you are. There is more about you than you presently know. You are bestowed with great talents. God does not go into his creation room only to take his time to make a mess. If God is your maker then you are not a mess.  You are carrying an unusual potential.  No one is like you in the whole world. You are unique!

If you are a born again Christian, then you are carrying God inside of you. No wonder John said: “…the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world (1 John 4:4). You are carrying solutions to large scale, worldwide problems inside of you. You can do all things through Christ that strengthens you (Philippians 4:13), And Eyes have not seen, ears have not heard, nor mind conceived, what God has prepared for you (I Corinthians 2:9).

As there is a tree inside of every seed, so there is a giant inside of you. The seed may be as small as a mustard seed but inside it, it’s a mighty tree that can offer a shelter to birds of the air. Most often, we wrongly despise things because they appear small. All what people know about you is your past. They don’t know your future. If they know where you are going to be tomorrow, I am sure they would treat you better. The brothers of David despised him because he was a kid. What they didn’t know is that there is a king in a kid. It is a tragedy that many people never allow the king inside the kid to manifest in their life time.

In the parable Jesus told of the sower who sowed seeds, some seed fell on rocky place, then sprang up and died because there was not much soil there; some fell among thorns and were choked to death, and some fell along the path and were trampled underfoot and the birds of the air ate them up (Luke 8:5-7). In all these instances, the seeds did not grow up to become trees. The hidden trees in these seeds were never seen. That’s tragic!

Sometime ago I come across a magazine bearing a picture of a very beautiful girl who had been about two years in a small transparent glass casket and standing beside the casket was an old woman of about seventy years of age. The story has it that the little girl in that coffin was the elder sister of the old woman standing next to the coffin. The magazine revealed that when the little girl died, her father, being a chemist injected some chemicals into her body that preserved her body
from decomposition and then placed her in the glass casket. Few years later this elderly woman was born and was later in life told that the little girl inside the transparent casket was her elder sister. So once in a while she would go to see her little elder sister. As I looked at the little dead girl, I wondered what she would have looked like if she hadn’t died so early. There was a woman in her which nobody could ever see. The woman died in the girl. Who knows all the songs she would have
sang, the poem she would have composed, the books she would have written, the affections she would have shown, the ideas she would have contributed to the society, in totality, the life she would have lived, all but died in her and with her.

Dr Myles Munroe quotes that “the greatest treasure deposit is neither the oil wells in Saudi Arabia nor gold mine in South Africa. The world greatest treasure deposit is the cemetery.” This is because in the cemetery there are many talents, ideas, gifts, blessings, that could have been manifested in mind-defying way, but now, they only but lay hidden beneath piles of junk, soil, rot, waste, debris and nothingness. The greatest waste in the world is the difference between what we are now and what we could become. You are too blessed to be a failure in life. Henry Ford is quoted as saying that “there is no man living who isn’t capable of doing more than he can think”.

God is an investor. You are God’s investment. Every one of us is carrying a treasure within. There is a potential inside you that is yet untapped. There is a giant inside you that is yet to be revealed. Every human being has the potential for greatness. Anne Frank said, “Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be. How much you
can love and what you can accomplish.”
The Chinese film actor, Bruce lee said “Ever since I was a child, I have had this instinctive urge for expansion and growth, to me the function and duty of a quality human being is the sincere and honest development of one’s potential.” It’s important you see yourself as a container carrying treasure that our generation needs. It is an error to say that you don’t have any gifts or talents. Jesus told a parable of servants who received talents from their master. One received five talents, another two, and the other one, but the common denominator is that every servant received something. No matter the family you came from, no matter how poor you are right now, no matter how impoverished your background is, you are carrying a great potential which if harnessed, will obscure the prominence of even Albert Einstein.

Brian Tracey said “the potential of an average person is like a huge ocean unsailed, a new continent unexplored, a world of possibility waiting to be released and channelled towards some great good.” Your greatest desire should be to die empty. The worst thing that can happen to you is to carry the same potential that God gave to you back to Him in eternity. You should aim at giving out all the treasure you are carrying within until like Jesus you will cry out on the last day of your life “IT IS FINISHED.”

History only recognizes those who recognize the potential they are carrying. You need to focus on your potential instead of your limitation. More importantly learn to value people based on their potential not on their history. Bishop T.D. Jakes said “God sees us not as we are but as we ought to be.”  If only our parents can see their children as Governors, Surgeons, Lawyers, Doctors, I am sure they will treat their children better. If only our teachers can see their pupil as Army Generals, Ambassadors, Pastors, I am sure they would add more respect to their pupil.  One day I saw my teacher who taught me in my elementary one about thirty years ago, she was a part-time undergraduate in the school where lecture. I ran to her and hugged her, then I asked, “Mummy what are you doing here?”

She replied, “I am a work-and-study student of this university”. Then she asked me, “What about you my son? What are you doing here?”

And then I replied, “I am a lecturer in this university.” She was very excited and she began to introduce me to her colleagues as her pupil some many years ago. Deep inside my heart
I asked myself, “When this woman was teaching me thirty years ago, did she know she was teaching her lecturer?” That is the power of potential!

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About Dr. Wilberforce Oti

He is the Founder & Senior Pastor of House of Kings & Priests. He teaches practical ways the contemporary Christian can apply the Word of God to stay victorious in today's world. He's also the pioneer of Brand New Me: a weekly radio programme that airs on Unity FM, Abakaliki and thousands tune in regularly to listen to his life-transforming messages.

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