Nelson Mandella once said, “There is no passion to be found in playing small – in settling for a life that is less than what is capable of living.” Every son or daughter of God is very capable of doing great things. Our potential for good is unlimited. God will equip you with the power to impact others and make your life a living testimony of His amazing grace.
How about your spiritual life? Are you settling for mediocrity? Some seem to always struggle to live up to their potential. That sad reality does not have to be your own. God can stretch and grow you into a larger reflection of Himself. If you’ve been playing small, here are some steps you can take now in order to lead a more vibrant spiritual life:
Understand you are not an exception to the rule. Resist any bad thinking that Satan places in your head. His lies lead to mediocrity…and worse! God’s ways will work for you. This is because he has:
- Transferred you into His kingdom, Colossians 1.13.
- Washed away your sin, Colossians 2.11-14a.
- Made you a new creation, 2 Corinthians 5.17.
These are the facts. Let your trust in Him shape your thinking — not your doubts.
Eliminate distractions. Many Christians find themselves groping with spiritual malaise. Life’s distractions have gotten in the way and they cannot clearly see the goal set before them. What things in your life presently keep you from what is truly important? When you focus on your heavenly citizenship, the hope of what is to come will energize your soul. But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself, Philippians 3.20-21.
Embrace opportunities to be with your spiritual family. We need our church family. True friendships can inspire you to higher service. Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another, Proverbs 27.17.
Never settle for less. Put everything into your spiritual life. Demand a higher standard for yourself. Expect to succeed. Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going, Ecclesiastes 9.10.