Too often, we don’t realize who we are. We let doubt and negative voices convince us that we’re limited. “I can’t do anything great; I come from the wrong family; I don’t have the talent.” Who told you that? Where did those thoughts come from? That’s the enemy trying to stop you. He’d love for you to believe those lies for your whole life. He wants you to live with a defeated mindset, hiding, insecure, afraid to step out. But this can be a destiny moment for you. God is saying, “Mighty hero, it’s time to step up to who you were Created to be.”
When God Created you,
He placed seeds of greatness in you.
Part of the reason why we sometimes don’t realise that we carry seeds of greatness is because of the negative things that have happened to us in the past or the negative words that were spoken to us either in our childhood, teenage or our adult lives.
It is possible for God’s plans and purposes (seeds of greatness) for our lives to become buried and dormant, waiting for the right
Words of Life to germinate them into action.
Jeremiah 1:5 says,
Before I formed you in the womb I
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the
God placed seeds of greatness in
Jeremiah even before he was born.
God already knew the potential in
Jeremiah to become the man God
created him to be.
The words God spoke to Jeremiah
germinated and brought the seeds
of greatness in Jeremiah to life and
God’s word according to Hebrews 4:12
is Alive and Active.
Without God, it is impossible for the
seeds of greatness placed in us by
God to be discovered and activated.
These seeds have the potential to
sprout, grow and produce good fruit
in our lives.
(Jeremiah 29:11) says,
“For I know the plans I have for you,
declares the Lord,
plans to prosper you and not to harm
plans to give you hope and a future.”
As image bearers of God,
God has destined us for greatness.
Now the word “seed” implies potential.
Potential to grow and produce fruit.
1. God created us for fellowship
I was never created to be in competition with others. God created us for fellowship, each with our different gifts and talents to compliment others’. “The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:12). When others receive blessings, or opportunities, we don’t need to feel threatened because God has more than enough to spread around to all of His children.
2. God created us to put forth our best effort
I was never meant to be a paralyzed perfectionist. God wants us to put forth our best effort and do everything as if we were doing it for Him. Yet striving for perfection often prevents progress. I want to focus on doing what God has called me to do, as best I can do it, without fear of consequences for my imperfection. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters” (Colossians 3:23).
3. God created us to seek His kingdom first and His righteousness
I want to seek God’s pleasure rather than striving for man’s approval. There will always be others who disagree with me, or misunderstand my motives, or who fail to appreciate my efforts. But God tells us “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33).
4. God created us to get understanding and walk in unity
I want to seek understanding and unity rather than focus on being right in a situation. When we are so focused on being right, we often miss the opportunity to strengthen a relationship. People may not always remember exactly what we say, but they will usually remember the attitude with which it was said. “God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God” (Matthew 5:9).
5. God created us to be a light that points others back to Him
Rather than having a spotlight on me and what I do or what I’ve accomplished, I desire to be a light that points others back to God. Accolades from others don’t satisfy, but hoping to one day hear, “My Good and Faithful Servant” surely does. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden” (Matthew 5:14).
6. God created us to sit in His presence
Instead of being a slave to work, and being considered a workaholic, I prefer to be God’s child who longs to sit in His presence. His presence is where we find peace, joy, satisfaction, and hope. “You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever” (Psalm 16:11).
7. God adopted us into His own family
Rather than considering myself rejected and abandoned, what a comfort it is to remember that I have been adopted by God as His child, and am a joint heir with Jesus “God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure” (Ephesians 1:5).
8. God sees me as righteous
Instead of allowing myself to focus on feelings of insecurity, I choose to focus on the fact that through Jesus, God sees me as righteous. “This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe” (Romans 3:22). Furthermore, God has accepted us. “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved” (Ephesians 1:6).
9. God has forgiven me
Despite the fact that I have sinned, God has forgiven me. “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:32).