Monday Morning Commentary
This past Sunday Pastor Chad preached on “Carrying Capacity”. Carrying capacity is a hunting term that refers to how much life an environment can hold. Understand our carrying capacity in Christ allows us to unlock our potential as image bearers of God. If we do not understand our carrying capacity, we hinder our ability to rule on the earth. The issue is that we let Satan use religion to control people from becoming aware of their full potential. This is because sin affects the image of God in us. Sin controls us if we do not have assurance that we are in right standing with God. Understanding that we have been given the righteousness of Christ shifts our attitudes towards ourselves and others. Through the gift of righteousness we realize that we have an immense carrying capacity because we carry the life of Christ.
o, how do we grow in our carrying capacity? Experiencing Jesus and taking time to sit in His presence. This can be done through prayer, reading and understanding scripture, as well as fasting. Making time for Him is also a way to draw nearer to Jesus. The more we experience His carrying capacity the more our carrying capacity grows. Because of Jesus, there are no consequences of sin that can be removed.
We see Jesus remove sin and expand a man’s capacity to walk in Matthew 9:1-8:
“Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.” At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This fellow is blaspheming!” Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” Then the man got up and went home. When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to man.” – Matthew 9:1-8
astly, there is a difference between ruling over all things and controlling all things. The kingdom of God is a ruling kingdom, not controlling one. For love to be love, it requires a choice. It is necessary to understand that God is not going to make us love him. He does not control our thoughts, words and actions. He does rule over us though. He gives us that same power to rule over our circumstances and lives. As an image bearer of God, it is through Jesus that we have immense carrying capacity.