Capacity and Competency
“Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim” (John 2:7). Currently we are working on a much more extensive project and narrative concerning capacity and competency, but a few words about the conceptions are revealed in this missive. From the process of birth God blesses His creation with capacity and through the spiritual process of rebirth personal capacity is issued in full and perfected. The story of Jesus Christ and His first miracle in Cana of Galilee manifests the fullness of God’s blessings toward His elect.
In John 2:7 Jesus instructed them to fill the waterpots to the brim and this is how God blesses us. Although God has blessed us in full measure and capacity, it is our job to grow in our competence, learning how to use all of the magnificence He has imbedded within our psyche and soul. As stipulated in Ephesians 4:15 we are commanded to grow up into Christ in all things.
Three critical elements must be clearly understood within the capacity/competency relationship: 1) Capacity is not competency. 2) We grow in competence and not capacity. 3) The capacity of a person can never be accurately assessed by appearance or circumstances.
Many people in the business and educational world use the concepts of capacity and competency as synonymous–despite their differences and unique functionality. Although it is also more of a leadership principle, we must understand the nuances between institutional and/or congregational capacity versus individual capacity. Institutional and congregational capacity can grow and decline according to the elements of individual capacity that fuels the system. Although not yet discussed, appropriate response to congregational capacity decline is pivotal.
In accordance with Philippians 4:13 the people of God have the internal spiritual ability to be consistently and triumphantly successful. The reality is that most of us live below our spiritual God-given abilities and power. The challenge is for all of the saints of God to live in the expression and fullness of the one who created us.
In terms of competency, God touches us in a special way to help us grow in the knowledge of who we are, what we can tolerate, give, forgive, etc. Be a continual vessel and light for the kingdom of God, walking in the fullness of your capacity.
Remember, You are the clay In the Potter’s Hands. God has paved a way to save and comfort you today! Dr. Ammar Saheli, Minister