Potential is the “possible”, as opposed to actual. It means “capable of being or becoming”. Within the gospel itself, we find missionary potential. That is, the potential to transform a life from sinner to saint and send them around the world declaring it’s transforming power. Therefore, wherever the gospel is there is great missionary potential.
The local assembly where the gospel is constantly proclaimed is one of the wealthiest places on earth for missionary potential. The local church has unspeakable potential to turn the world upside down.
All through the Bible, God has used men to carry forth His will. Today, God is still using men to accomplish His purposes.
Jesus when He saw the multitudes was moved with compassion (Matthew 9:36-38; Luke 10:1-2). His compassion caused an action (whereas a reaction would simply caused guilt).
Then he tells us the harvest is plenteous. There are plenty of souls to be saved. The harvest field is the world (Mark 16:15; Matthew 28:18-20).
But there is a problem: “laborers are few”! Where are all the workers? Where are all the “living sacrifices”…the blood bought, born again, Holy Spirit filled young men who are willing to serve the King of Kings with their lives?
Then Jesus gives the solution: “pray”! Are we asking God for laborers? This is the prayer request of God! He will not command you to pray what He won’t answer. Ask God to make you a laborer. When you pray for laborers, pray: “God does that mean me? Do you want me to go?”
With 96% of that task outside the U.S.A., every Christians needs to seek God and ask “Do you want me to be a foreign missionary!”
Where the gospel is proclaimed and prayer for laborers is made, missionary potential is great!