BEING FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT
Drunkenness is a social evil that has ruled the lives of many people. Excessive drinking even to death is not uncommon. Such behaviour seems to have been there through the ages. It was the same in the time of Paul’s writing. Christians must be excluded from such activities. Do not drink at all!
The Apostle’s prescription is to be filled with the Spirit. This means to be controlled by the Spirit. This is crucial for a successful Christian life. This filling also will be evidenced by the bearing of the fruits that have been mentioned. Part of Christian fellowship and worship is hymn singing. The Apostle said, “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord” (Eph 5:19). In communication, music is a very powerful medium, and the world knows this. So they exploit it to the fullest. The music industry generates much income to its players. Today, the so-called gospel music has also entered this arena. The content, however, is not different from the world. They have christened that music as “praise and worship” and many churches have adopted this for their use. Paul was not speaking of entertainment but psalms, hymns and spiritual songs that edify the soul. These also give praise to the Lord.
“Thank you, Lord” must always be on the lips of a child of God. When we consider our position, especially our salvation as presented in this epistle, there is much to thank the Lord for. Paul’s calling to salvation and ministry was clearly the work of God’s grace. He said we must give thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. There is need also of submission to one another in the fear of God. The filling of the Spirit yields these virtues.
THOUGHT: The filling of the Holy Spirit is desirable in God’s service.
PRAYER: Lord, may I have a sufficient portion of the Spirit in serving Thee.