Thursday, June 25, 2020
The Pursuit of Potential
His master replied, “Well done good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” Matthew 25:23
According to Sports Illustrated, “When Mickey Mantle died in 1995, a nation of fans grieved and were forced to confront just what it was that made the New York Yankees’ star mean so much to so many people.” He was arguably the most talented baseball player of all time. But sportswriters have argued for years, that in spite of his natural abilities and storied 18 seasons, he was not the greatest player of all time nor even likely the best player of his era. The reason? Most say, including Mantle himself, that he wasted his talent on riotous living and cut short a magnificent career by 10 years. “Don’t be like me,” someone overheard Mantle say to some young fans weeks before he died. “God gave me the ability to play baseball, and I just wasted it.” He spent his last days grieving the fact that he fell short of his potential.
The Heavenly Father expects no more or no less from His children than the fulfillment of the potential for which He has provided. Like Jesus’ parable, God’s desire is to offer the affirmation, “Well done good and faithful servant! Come and share in your mater’s happiness.” It is our liberty and privilege to serve our Father as His servants for His glory and the good of His people. The love of Christ constrains us to live no longer for ourselves but for Him who died and rose again for us. The good news of our Father’s love is that even when we waste the resources He gives, He anxiously awaits our return like the loving father in the parable of the prodigal son.