Fill ‘Er Up, Lord!
The Bible tells us to be “filled with the Spirit!” May I ask? Have you ever given a thought about what that actually means? It may not be what you think. Truthfully, we are all filled with something, mostly ourselves, or, like some of the Christians at Ephesus, that and way too much wine (Eph. 5:18). The point is that whatever fills us controls us, constantly captures our attention, and occupies our time, efforts, and defines our goals. For Christians, being filled with the Spirit is the only real concern; being filled with anything else is distracting at best, destructive at worst.
We might surmise to be “filled with the Spirit” means that we will have an emotional experience. Now, it could mean that, but you can have this encounter with God and have no emotional experience to speak of. I’m sure we would all love to have an emotional encounter with God every single day. Like when you start driving a car, there is the “explosion” that starts the engine. But once the engine is started, you just drive the car. You don’t need the explosion over and over, just one to start the engine.
The Scripture reminds us, “The just shall live by FAITH” (Romans 1:17 NKJV). So, we don’t need “another” Pentecost any more than we need “another” Calvary. We just need to appropriate and apply what God has made available for every believer (John1:12). And that is the work and power of the Holy Spirit to help you be the person God has called you to be. Also, this word ‘filled’ speaks of something that should be ongoing and continuous. You could translate it “Be being filled with the Holy Spirit.” Just like you must place gas in your vehicle, and gas prices are getting ridiculous again. You need the constant filling of the Holy Spirit. The good news is God will not charge you, for his fill up!