Super size me - NOT
“Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit,”
I don’t know about you but life is pretty hectic these days; what with the year winding down, Christmas fast approaching and the imminent arrival of family and friends upon the domestic domicile. It’s because of just this confluence of events I’ve taken to eating at the “dashboard diner.” It can be quite a challenge eating this way. I prefer the chicken sandwich (heart healthy), the medium fries (like the salty taste – just don’t tell my Doctor) and a small drink (usually water but more often a NON-DIET soda – like the taste). If you haven’t figured out yet I live in a world of food delusion, but I digress.
After attending Financial Peace University, I’m more aware of how poorly I spend my money and that brings me to my thought. The price difference between a small and medium is $0.50 and to a large it’s $0.89. When you’re “on-the-road” it can make cents to order the larger size but I wonder about all those “free” refills that go unfilled. How many people order the larger size, like at Taco Bell, where you can get unlimited refills yet never make the effort to do so? I guess that means we are so full (or maybe just lazy) that we don’t need any more to drink.
I wonder if that is what Paul had in mind when he was writing the church at Ephesus. As Christians we believe we are indwelled with the Holy Spirit but being filled with the Holy Spirit is another matter entirely. This “filling” requires us to continually seek after and ask for. The infilling of the Holy Spirit equips us to do things we couldn’t otherwise do in our own power. Being filled is what gives us power and boldness.
During this time of the year it is easy to see those who are “filled” with the spirit of the season. Only too often it is accompanied by more sorrow and hurt than “glad tidings of great joy.” Like the drunkard, we too need to continually seeking to be filled with the spirit but there is a difference that needs to be made. This infilling does not get us to the next level of Christianity, like so many video games we play. Rather it requires us to be filled over and over again.
Some Christians don’t quite get that and end up running around feeling empty spiritually wondering what’s wrong. There’s no such thing as a supersized spirit cup that will help us avoid having to get a refill. The only way is to stay close to the “living water” and the one who filled us with the Holy Spirit the first time. Jesus will take care of us when we need to be refilled. Just keep the communication line open.
Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.