All of my life I’ve been told in various ways that I have a “big capacity”. Looking back on my life so far I can see what they saw. I have always filled my calendar to overload – and enjoyed it!
I was the child doing multiple sports a term, in a school band, plus the choir, as well as some out of school activity (read “activities”) such as scouts, gymnastics, ballet, rugby and church groups. Even the past year – the first as a Mum – Glenn and I started our own business whilst also moving city to become part of a church ministry and I did some writing projects on the side. Thankfully living in South Africa makes a maid feasible cost-wise because my large capacity doesn’t extend to cleaning . . . :p
But recently God has been speaking to me about my large capacity. You see, my large capacity is not for things of the world. My large capacity is for His Living Water. And guess what – you have the same large capacity!
On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'” Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. (John 7:37-39)
God has been making it very clear that I am no longer to be filling my time up with strenuous work or worldly striving. I’m only to take part in what He asks of me (because we all know there’s no escaping from people trying to add to our loads!)
Everything we are to do is to come from a place of rest, peace and fullness in Christ. This is where God can work most powerfully through us and in us.
Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14)
For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Revelation 7:17)