We all desire more – increase, higher ground, promotion, next level etc. We want it and we want it now. More often than not, we do not stop to consider if we have the capacity to handle more. Can we contain it? Can our net handle more catch, or will the weight of the catch break the net and let out the fish? We are all witnesses to what can happen when one is promoted way beyond his competence. It is an accident waiting to happen. We all pray for double promotion, but can we handle double or triple responsibility? Having the title is not enough. Can we deliver the goods? Moving up is not the issue. Performing at that level is the issue.
The main reason we are not at the next level is because we do not yet have the capacity to operate at that level. The moment we develop the required capacity, moving up is simply a matter of time. You cannot become a successful Manager through divine favour only, if you lack the capacity to perform at that level. You cannot become rich if you lack the capacity to handle that quantum of money. If the money drops on your laps all the same (e.g. by winning the lottery or inheritance from an uncle you did not know existed), if you are not careful, the fool and his money soon part ways. Most lottery winners return back to square one months or years later. They lacked the capacity to handle abundance at that level.
The parable of talents told in Matt 25: 14 – 30 gives a good illustration. A man going on a journey entrusts wealth to his servants to manage while he is away. The amount of wealth each servant got depended on what the master believed was their capacity to handle it. The three servants were given 5, 3 and one bag of gold/talents to manage respectively. The first two proved beyond reasonable doubt that they can handle it by doubling it, while the last one met the master empty handed. You know the rest of the story. The servants who displayed capability for more responsibility were given more to manage. The one who was looking for increase without the requisite responsibility went away empty handed, murmuring and complaining as he went about how unfair life is.
Until we grow the capacity to handle more, hoping for more will be mere wishful thinking. As a worker earning a monthly salary, you are given at least one bag of gold every month to multiply. What have you done with it? Have you multiplied it to two through saving and investment or consumed all and asked for more? How can you increase when you cannot give account of the one pot of gold you receive every month? According to the master, the least you can do is to put it in a savings account or fixed deposit to yield interest every month. That is the very least, the do nothing option. Instead we give it all away month after month.
Imagine you turned the one bag into two, and two bags into four, and four bags into eight, and eight bags into sixteen, and on and on. The issue would not be asking God to give you more, but what good to do with what God has blessed you with already. The heavens over you are open already. You have been blessed with all blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. What more are you waiting for? Still more blessings? God has given us the enabling environment for increase. It is left to us to apply ourselves accordingly in turning our one bag of gold to two and so on.
When you know what to do, increase will no longer be an issue. God does not lack. His storehouses are bursting at the seams due to lack of capacity of His children to draw down. God and banks have one thing in common in a way – they have lots of money (resources) to give out, but are looking for whom to trust it with. Can you turn 5 bags of gold to 10 bags of gold? Can you be trusted with resources? Before you answer, stop and think about the quantum of resources that have passed through your hands in the past 5 – 10 years, can you account for it? - Salary, bonuses, lump sum payments etc. Did you put them to work to bring profit or you spent it on liabilities that have since disappeared without trace?
Rather than focus on asking for more, focus on developing the capacity to handle more. When you develop that capacity and demonstrate it by being faithful in little, then more will be added to you faster than you think. It is only a matter of time.