all scripture quotes are taken from the KJV except otherwise stated.
"Oh that thou would... enlarge my coast" Jabez(1 Chron.4:10)
"Enlarge the place of thy tents..." Ish.54:2
"My lines have fallen unto me in pleasant places" Ps.16:6
We are structured as human beings to have an innate desire for space. We seek and crave for space. This is why whether we want a bigger house or something smaller and more manageable, the driving force behind it all is creating and having our own space that won't be intruded upon by the next person. We crave to have our own space such that those that come within that space are only those we allow or want to be there.
Capacity is the ability to utilize space. Capacity is the measurement of the degree of ability you have to maximize the utilization of space. A very simple way of depicting this is a man who living in the street and carrying all his belongings in a carrier or something he can move about is suddenly given a mansion to live in. He now has space but he may be lacking in the capacity to fill up or utilize that space maximally. In fact, for some time he might just pick a corner to use because he may be at loss as to what to do with all the space and this is even when he has been given a means to fill that space up.
The fact is that it will take more than just handing him a truck load of money to go buy things to fill the house. He might still be at loss because capacity goes beyond cash.
This is probably the reason why humans tend to measure their giving according to their own perception of the ability of the capacity of the individual being given to handle it. On the surface this sounds really fit and proper, but on closer inspection and as it has to do with spirituality and the scriptures, it is in fact so wrong that it is devilish. Simply put, it is God that leads you to give and not your perception of the ability of the next person to handle the gift. When we do this, we play God and that is a dangerous game to play.
This is why simple scriptural instructions become hard to follow;
"...not grudgingly or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver" 2 Cor.9:7
"For if there be first a willing mind, it is acceptable according to that a man hath.." 2 Cor.8:12
But these instructions becomes hard to follow because we tend to be busy trying to gauge the given as we measure our gift according to our own perceived ability of the capacity of the given to handle that gift. And see how many rules we are breaking:
-"according to what a man hath"
But we begin to look at the next person i.e the one being given rather than ourselves. We begin to judge or reason out or argue what the person can or can't handle and base our giving on our conclusions. Meanwhile our giving should point to us i.e according to our own ability as it relates with our relationship not with the given but with God.
-"it is acceptable"
So our giving from the onset is not acceptable to God and its just like the gift of Cain who though he had no use again for what he had offered was still rejected by God. And this is how many have given gifts and have been told thank you by the receivers but their gift has been rejected where it mattered most.
The cheerfulness we then show after having deliberated, reasoned out or even argued the gift we give becomes more or less stage managed. Real spiritual cheerfulness is found in the spontaneity hence simplicity of giving when instructed without asking any question or deliberating over the matter. There is really or hardly any giving that goes with cheerfulness when it has be chewed over for a period. But we usually tend to cover this and say its a sacrifice as if God or the scriptures said any where that sacrifice must be in pain.
We hide under David when we do this and say like him that we only give to God things that cost us something. Meanwhile David was not talking about pain or holding unto something so dear and just barely letting go. Everything David gave always cost something in terms of value and worth attached to the gift. The sacrifices that he made when bringing the ark of the Lord for the second time cost a lot but see how cheerfully he did it because he didn't hold an economic summit over the amount of sheep he would have to slaughter.
But God on the other hand who should be the one to be in the only position to judge capacity gives you space first before anything else. And when He gives, He is so liberal with His giving that it is just like the example of a person living on the streets out of his carrier to be given a mansion the next moment:
"He raises up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill to set them among princes..." Hannah(1 Sam.2:8)
"Now therefore so shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Israel" 2nd Sam. 7:8
The examples are numerous, look at Saul the king, Jeroboam, even Daniel. The thing with God is giving you space is not an issue with Him. He in fact gives you space first, then capacity is readily available for you from him.
"Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people...for who is able to judge this thy so great a people" Solomon(1 Kings3:9)
"He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms" Ps.18:34
"But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him" 1 jhn.2:27
God give you space then makes capacity readily available. With man there is deep searching of the heart as he muses and mulls over capacity first hence withholds his bowels of mercies and to now cap up the sad display of spiritual blindness, he affirms that he would have given you more if only you had the capacity.
"You are not straitened in us but you are straitened in your own bowels" 2 Cor.6:12
"But be it so, I did not burden you: nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you with guile" 2nd Cor. 12:16
And many a Christian have shut themselves out from the full blessings of God because they chose to walk in the flesh of their mind i.e according to their own thinking rather than follow the simplicity of the word in giving as they have been instructed. It is alright to preach about God giving you the capacity to take the blessing before pouring out the blessing(although even this is still preached in error), but it is not your place to be God as such. Rather, give because you are instructed and don't hinder yourself with disobedience by looking at the person that you should simply give and trying to gauge their ability to handle that gift and allowing it to now influence your giving.
The preaching is true because there is an anointing in every child of God that sees to it that capacity is there for the space or blessing given but the choice to tap into that is left for everyman. But it is preached in error because when this is usually said, they don't mean the spiritual i.e the anointing because God that gives the gift also gives the grace i.e the capacity to handle the gift. Rather they infer to the physical capacity which they are looking at -as if that is what God is looking at. And because of this, they withhold from giving and unwittingly make their hearers to do same.
The capacity of the person you are giving is not your business, giving is between you and God, don't bring that person into it. God sent Jonah on an errand. The people He was sending him to was not the business of Jonah, his own business was to see that he obeyed. This is how many walking in the spirit of the disobedience of Jonah, unwittingly begin to give God reasons why they shouldn't give or obey as God would want them to.
God gives space first and capacity is always there. He expects you to give space too and allow Him to bother about capacity.
"...if I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? Follow thou me" John.21:22
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