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Capacity For More
(Matthew 14:28-31 NLT) “Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?””
(1 Kings 4:29 NIV) “God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore.”
Capacity - the ability to receive, contain, perform, or withstand.
✓ Everyone has a capacity.
(Matthew 25:14 NIV) “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability.”
✓ I can expand my capacity.
(Matthew 25:19-21 NIV) “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’ “His master replied, ‘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!’’
✓ My legacy is bigger than my current capacity.
(Matthew 25:28-29 NIV) “So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance.”
Capacity For More
(Ephesians 3:20 NIV) “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”
1. The motivation question: Why do I want God to give me more?
(Psalm 139:23-24 NLT) “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.”
Prayer: Lord, I want what you want for me.
2. The stewardship question: Am I using what God has already given me at full capacity?
(Ecclesiastes 5:18-19 MSG) “After looking at the way things are on this earth, here’s what I’ve decided is the best way to live: Take care of yourself, have a good time, and make the most of whatever job you have for as long as God gives you life. And that’s about it. That’s the human lot. Yes, we should make the most of what God gives, both the bounty and the capacity to enjoy it, accepting what’s given and delighting in the work.”
Prayer: Lord, give me wisdom, insight, and understanding to steward the capacity you’ve given me.
3. The faith question: Do I believe that God can and wants to do more through me?
(Luke 5:5-7 MSG) “Simon said, “Master, we’ve been fishing hard all night and haven’t caught even a minnow. But if you say so, I’ll let out the nets.” It was no sooner said than done—a huge haul of fish, straining the nets past capacity. They waved to their partners in the other boat to come help them. They filled both boats, nearly swamping them with the catch.”
Prayer: Lord, increase my faith and capacity for more.