Ephesians 3: 19-21
I pray....that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
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, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Mark 2: 22
And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.
Capacity is the ability to contain or the maximum amount something is able to hold.
For example, you Starbucks coffee fans: Tall, Grande, Vente – that’s their language of capacity. It’s how much their cups can hold.
Paul prays in Eph 3: 19 that they would be "...filled to the measure of all the fullness of God."Other translations say:
“….that you will be filled entirely with the fullness of God.” (CEB)
“….that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.” (KJV)
This is really talking about their capacity.
Paul is saying: Right now, there’s capacity or space for more of God in their lives. Or there’s more of God available to them than they have currently made room for in their lives.
Then, Paul moves straight into verse 20:
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think…” (v. 20)
He is able to so much more than what they are currently experiencing. In other words - the limitation is not on His end.
He is able – He can do it, it’s no problem for Him to do more in your life than what you are currently seeing and experiencing.
There’s MORE available for you, there’s more blessing, more provision, more of His presence and power, more of His healing and grace, more influence and impact, more opportunities and experiences, more ideas to be conceived and dreams to be fulfilled.
You see, here’s what I have discovered in almost 27 years of being a Christian: The limitation is not on God’s capacity to give, it’s on my capacity to receive.
If there’s a limitation or lack spiritually in my life, it’s probably not on His end, it’s most likely on mine. I want to show you this in scripture over the coming days.
So here’s the question I have for you today: If God were to give you abundantly more than what you have in your life right now – would you have the capacity to receive it, to hold it, or would it be wasted?
You see, if I try to pour a litre of water into a pint glass, what happens? Almost half of it gets wasted, it spills over the side, because the glass doesn’t have the capacity to receive all I’m pouring into it.
Jesus talked about this when he described how no one pours new wine into old wineskins because they simply don’t have the capacity to contain it and the wine gets wasted.
“And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined.” (Mark 2: 22)
What about you? Have you enough capacity to receive what God has available for you?
Have you space in your life for all He wants to give you? Have you settled and become satisfied with less than He has available for you?
God has more for you. Can you receive it, can you contain it, have you capacity?
HE IS ABLE to do it. His ability is not the issue.
The limitation is on my capacity or receive and contain the fullness of God and all that He wants to do in me and through me.