Be Filled with the Spirit

“Be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” ~Ephesians 5:18-21

We worship in the Spirit. We submit to one another and sing and speak to one another in the Spirit. The Holy Spirit of God is who gives the Christian life its energy and enthusiasm. Its endurance. And power!

Be filled with the Spirit.

This is an imperative. It’s a command. So we do take some responsibility here. This singing together and submitting to one another is either the means by which we pursue this filling of the Spirit or the result of being filled with the Spirit. Or both. Either way, Paul says when we sing together, when we pray together, when we really belong to one another, we are filled with the Spirit.

And that tells me that God is not a spectator when we gather for worship. Audience of one? No way! God is not the audience of our worship. Our God is an active participant with us — inside us — when we worship together. God is not just sitting on his throne in heaven soaking up all the hallelujahs and amens. No. Through the Spirit, the Father and Son are engaged with us. Communing with us. Eating and drinking with us. Rejoicing with us. Transforming us. Changing us. Growing us. Shaping us more into the image of our Christ.

Be filled with the Spirit.

Encountering God together — in our Sunday morning assemblies, in our Wednesday night Bible classes, in our living rooms on Sunday evenings — being in the presence of God together allows us to recognize our own sinfulness and shortcomings. And that always leads to an acute recognition of his marvelous grace. And the power of God’s grace is not just forgiveness, it’s also transformation. New creature. New creation. Christ formed in you. Being saved. It’s a communal sanctification event that we participate in and experience together when we are filled with the Spirit.

Peace,

Allan

2 Comments

  1. Mom

    As I get older I realize more and more that God is right here with us in everything. That feels very good.

  2. jocelyn

    ‘God is an active participant with us — inside us — when we worship together. God is not just sitting on his throne in heaven soaking up all the hallelujahs and amens. No. Through the Spirit, the Father and Son are engaged with us. Communing with us. Eating and drinking with us. Rejoicing with us. Transforming us. Changing us. Growing us. Shaping us more into the image of our Christ.’

    I LOVE this idea/imagery! Thanks for sharing! God is so good to us!

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