Letters from Prison - Ephesians 5:17-21
Everyone fills their life with something. Bank accounts. Sports. Adventure. Collectibles. Friends. Romance. Children. Accomplishments. Current events. Books. Alcohol. Beer bashes. Parties. What will you fill your life with? I know how Paul would want you to answer that question. How many live lives filled with the Spirit; where He occupies every room in your house? And if one chooses to not be filled with the Spirit, what will you be filled with? And if the church is not filled with the Spirit, who will be?
What does new life in Christ look like? What will happen if you are living the Spirit-filled life?
You’ll speak to one another. Approachable.
You’ll sing with one another. Joyful.
You’ll give thanks with one another. Thankful.
You’ll submit to one another. Respectful.
Summary: Approachable. Joyful. Thankful. Respectful. Sounds like a vision statement; my kind of family; my kind of church; my kind of party.
Sometimes people may ask: “Is that a Spirit-filled church?” Do you see the sensational happening: Miracles. Emotional experiences. Visions. Sensational prophecies.
Do you know what Paul says a Spirit-filled church is? It's actually pretty basic to everyday life. You’ll speak to one another, regardless of your differences. You’ll sing with each other and create a joyful, positive interactions. You’ll live in contentment and express gratitude. You’ll put others first and submit to spiritual authority in your life.
What are you filled with? Why don't you step into the "Jesus-Life" and be filled with Him?