“On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable.” 1 Corinthians 12:22 (NIV)

Scripture says that every person in the body of Christ has both value and a purpose. So how do the people who are often undervalued by society find the hope, direction and encouragement they need to fulfill their God-given destinies?

The answer often comes from leadership. One of the reasons God has put leaders in the Church is to help every person find his or her place. I sometimes think of it as finding and polishing hidden gems.

Leaders are meant to help others become the people God created them to be. They are called to discover the hidden, encourage the uncertain, develop the untrained, and empower the powerless. They are gifted to mine the gems. Never forget that Jesus looked at an impulsive, uneducated fisherman named Simon and saw a diamond in the rough. Jesus even called him Peter the rock.

Just as Jesus sees potential in you, if you are a leader, He wants you to find and develop that potential in others.