God’s Underdog

No matter your current circumstance, use the talents and gifts God has given you to be the best in your “weight class.” Start right where you are.

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My prayer is that whether you are a pastor, businessperson, leader, housewife, student, non-profit founder, almost anyone—you’ll be inspired to take what you have and use it to your best ability.

Ultimately, one day, our highest hope is to hear the greatest affirmation from the Lord, recorded in Matthew 25:21: “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!”

Every human being on this earth has potential to be all they were created for, but for one reason or another, either fail to attain it or, they become all that the Lord created them to be. Potential is always there.

A church’s full redemptive potential could be realized if, during the lifespan of that church, they were to reach everyone they were supposed to reach. And if that church encouraged the next generation and passed on the mantle of leadership to them, what could that look like? Would it look like 10,000 souls in the life of that church? Fifty thousand? A million?

Consider this: What numerical value could we assign to the first church Jesus ever started over two millennia ago in the Upper Room in Jerusalem? Well, they began with 120. Today, it’s in the untold billions!

In the beginning things weren’t happening fast enough for me. It doesn’t help that I can be competitive. It’s hard to not look at how other churches are doing. Instead, I needed to learn how to admire and emulate. We need to examine ourselves in the mirror and focus on how to reach our own unique potential.

So what’s your potential? What’s the redemptive potential of your church? What can you do with the life you’ve been given, whether it’s one, two or five talents? Because it doesn’t matter what you’ve been given. What matters is what you do with what you’ve got. Faithfulness. Stewardship. Multiplication. That’s the pound for pound principle.

One thing that is important to take into consideration: we don’t do the same activities in every season. However, hard work, consistency, prevailing plodding – these are the keys to building a strong foundation of incremental growth. Find a good rhythm that can sustain you for the long haul and you’ve got what it takes.

No matter your current circumstance, use the talents and gifts God has given you to be the best in your “weight class.” Start right where you are. Do the very best with what He has given you and you will achieve and become the best version of you in this season.

And, remember this—all the defeats, trials, and frustrations you have endured, all of it, has been the Lord’s way of increasing your capacity and ability to handle exactly what’s in front of you. You’re not an underdog, you’re God’s.

Mike Kai is founding pastor of Hope Chapel West Oahu in Hawaii and author of The Pound for Pound Principle: Becoming All God Designed You to Be (Authentic Publishers).

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