1 Peter 1:7 (ESV)
So that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Have you ever popped a bag of microwave popcorn and notice that less than half of the bag popped and wondered what you could learn from it?
Imagine you hear God say "Don't let your kernels remain unpopped."
Let’s take a minute and imagine that God was really talking to us about the popcorn... "You are the bag and each kernel represents a piece to fulfill... You have great potential to fulfill in the earth because I have given it to you. Your responsibility is to act on it, not doubt it or ask others what they think."
Then He said something that may cause great concern...
"When you don't fulfill your destiny, many of the promises I've lined up for you don't come to pass and you wonder where they went.
Will you follow Me? When you turn left when I said turn right, you're out of My will. When I allow prophecy to come forth for your life and you do not follow the path, many blessings that could have been, never show up.
It takes heat to make those kernels pop just like it takes you being in the heat to bring out that golden potential hidden and untapped. It is for My Glory! Stop trying to escape the heat. Call on Me! Use My Word to get you through. If you come out to soon you won't be where you need to be and you'll have to go through that heated trial possibly longer to get refined. Those kernels in this bag are wasted. They can never be used again. They had a purpose but left the heat too soon. Now they're no good to anybody.
These kernels represent unused potential, talents and gifts that I have bestowed upon you. Waste not! Use them. Use them to further My kingdom. I have put a certain amount of blessing, gifting, anointing, potential... on your path just for you.
Stay on it. Stay on the path.
Who would have ever thought that God would speak through a bag of popcorn.
The next time you find yourself eating some good ole' popcorn check to see if all of the kernels popped and ask yourself, "Am I living out the potential to tap everything God has given me to do?" If you haven't, it's time to get popping!
Dear God, thank You for the heat that You bring us through so that we may meet the potential that You have for us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.