“I’m in my car headed to the weed spot to grab a dime bag, but He saw me ministering to young druggies about the true deliverance of God.”
“I’m in my bedroom fornicating with whom I pleased, but He saw me sharing His message of genuine, agape love with young ladies in similar situations.”
“I’m in a cold, dark room of the abortion clinic halting life, but He saw me encouraging a pregnant teen thinking of doing the same.”
“I’m in my vengeful mind plotting justice on those who did wrong to me, but He saw me forgiven, testifying about Gods forgiveness and extending that same grace to others.”
“I’m in my mess of what I called living my life and doing me, but He saw a vessel who could evangelize about the eternal effects of letting Him reign over all of life’s decisions.”
“How do you know me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.” (John 1:48 NIV)
The fig tree represents that place where we are relaxing in our sins. Growing to nearly 20 feet tall with extra leaves, the tree offers shade to conceal our issues from the world. If no one knows what we are dealing with, it’s really no big deal, right? Complacent with being mediocre and content with displeasing God are the themes of our existence in our time under the fig tree. There we are just chilling under the fig tree when Jesus sees us and sends someone to come and get us. In all of the aforementioned messy scenarios, I was chilling under my fig tree.
When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.” He then added, “Very truly I tell you, you will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’ the Son of Man.” (John 1:47, 51 NIV)
Jesus professed that Nathanael had no deceit in him. Is it probable that Nathanael had done something deceitful in his day? More than likely. But Jesus saw him for what He would be for the kingdom, not what he had been for the world. It is extremely imperative to surround yourself with people who can see what you are not yet versus those who are fixated on what you’ve already been.
The amazing thing about Jesus is that when He sees the potential in you, He allows you to see His glory revealed!
It’s amazing to know that You see past all of my faults, sins, mishaps and character flaws toward how I can be a vessel to bring glory to Your kingdom! Please help me to do just that using everything I’ve been through–the good, the bad and the ugly. I thank You for my fig tree experience, but I praise You for revealing the heavens to me! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to walk in victory knowing that Jesus sees your potential even under the fig tree. Before He ever called you, He saw you and knew your story! I EMPOWER you to celebrate because He is going to get the glory out of your story!
What potential did God create in you; have you discovered your purpose?
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Mrs. Kristen Harris is a wife, mother, entrepreneur and dedicated servant. She is extremely passionate about women’s spiritual advancement, hence the founding of EmpowerMoments. As an avid reader, Kristen enjoys reading the Bible and other non-fiction pieces. Her driving inspiration is when God says to her: “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) She currently resides outside of Chicago, Illinois with her wonderful husband and three lovely daughters where she is an active member of New Life Covenant Church.