Writing a Different Future #10 – Seek Fullness
The Christian life is a seeking life. As God’s people seek after God, they are energized, permeated, and controlled by God’s Spirit.
The apostle Paul commands us to be continuously “filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18).
When we think of the word “filled”, we might think merely of filling an empty container. Yet the intended picture is much richer.
Like the wind filling the sails of a sailboat, the Holy Spirit propels us forward. We are carried along not merely by our own efforts, but we are empowered and energized by God to be and do what God wants.
Like salt added to a soup pot, the Holy Spirit flavors and seasons and permeates everything we think, say, and do.
Like a hand that fits a glove, the Holy Spirit fills and controls all the spaces of our lives – making us come alive, and giving our lives authentic direction, purpose, meaning, and fulfillment.
Apart from the Spirit’s infilling, we want to control our own lives, be and do what we want, live independently from God, all of which leads us nowhere. Yet as we yield to the Holy Spirit’s control, our lives and activities are dominated moment-by-moment by the presence of Jesus.
I need the fullness of Jesus to breathe new life into me every day: Daily cleansing from sins. Daily dying to self-centeredness. Daily infilling with the Spirit.
I make it a habit to ask specifically and regularly for God the Holy Spirit to fill me.
Today I am inviting you to spend time with the Holy Spirit – seeking his fullness, yielding yourself to his control, and receiving fresh anointing.
“Be constantly controlled by the Spirit” (Wuest NT).
~ Pastor Dave