• Vanessa Clark

Never Too Full

The true capacity of a product is determined not by the user but by the manufacturer. An automobile is built with the capacity to travel at 180mph; therefore its full potential was determined by the manufacturer. –Dr. Myles Munroe

It’s bizarre how everywhere we look now are signs informing the public of a building’s capacity. It’s one thing to be grateful for the warning before you step on an overstuffed elevator; it’s another to notice the sadness of empty tables at your favorite restaurant where you still can’t enter. It’s so anticlimactic, so NOT the way God intends for us to view life as a believer. Faith, optimism, joy, hope; these are what strengthen our walk in the Lord, instead of walking around being told there is no more room for us. Here are 3 ways to be encouraged about the endless capacity in our potential in God.

I know that when I come to you, I will come in the full measure of the blessing of Christ. Romans 15:29

1. Hold on to the Truth

We, believers, get to decide how much of our potential is unleashed into the world to fulfill a purpose. Contrary to the signs or physical evidence that wants to convince us otherwise, when God says we have an endless capacity to our potential, it’s true! Just as the analogy above, if a car was built to drive 180mph, no matter the opinion of others, the creator of that car has the final say of the speed it can reach. COVID19 has demanded a new way of living but even a pandemic doesn’t have the final say over our potential or purpose. We must hold on to the Truth, of God’s unchanging hand, and be encouraged in knowing that our potential knows no end.

2. Challenge the new normal

All around us are restrictions, barriers, and limitations, some are for our safety and some are for others to gain control over our lives. Media, propaganda, and news outlets are constant reminders of how powerless we are in the midst of the chaos. Jesus knows firsthand of feeling out of place, He was the only King of Kings willing to leave His throne to wrap himself in flesh and take our place. 1 Peter 3:18 "Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God.” Jesus knows how we feel in the midst of this social climate, and yet He encourages us to stay the course. This season of peril is the perfect birthing ground to challenge the new normal, to build a business, to go into ministry, to establish our families. Now’s the time! Let’s go for it!

3. Endless capacity is an eternal gift

It isn’t the enemy, a pandemic, or a crisis that brings us the furthest from our potential. It’s the limitations of our finite existence here on earth that frays our hope and shakes our confidence. Aaaah, but here’s the silver lining in the fragility of our humanity; inside it is the gift of eternity with Christ. We’re reminded, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.” Ecclesiastes 9:10 We were placed here for such a time as this, equipped with endless capacity and eternity in our hearts. Christ Jesus the hope of glory, the gift that keeps on giving, the source of our limitless potential. So, the next time you read a sign denying you access due to full capacity, smile, and know that that will never be your plight. You’ll never be too full!

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