Ephesians 5:18, “…be filled with the Spirit.”
Homecoming is a big week in high school. Many schools around the country have what the call “Spirit Week.” The gist of it is this: students play games, sing, compete and generally try to show their school spirit while trying not to appear too dorky. Of course, it is dorky. However, attending a school that has great school pride and spirit is way more fun than attending one that does not. The same is for most events. Have you ever gone to an event where no one seemed to care, like a wedding where you were the only one who seemed to want to dance? Not that fun. Now, can you remember going to a concert of your favorite band or attending a game where everyone was a fan, where everyone knew the words, sang along and yelled at the all the right times? Way more fun, right?
When the Bible talks about being “filled with the Spirit” is not talking about the feeling of pride that you get when they score points or when your favorite song comes comes on the radio and you want sing along? The Spirit the Bible is talking about here is the Holy Spirit. In other words, Paul is telling the people who lived in Ephesus, “Let your day be filled with the Holy Spirit.” What does that look like? While you might yell or scream or shout at the big game or at a concert, when the Bible tells us to be filled with the Spirit, it gives us some examples… “speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 5:19-20) In other words, let the words you use to talk and encourage this day be from your heart…a heart filled with the Spirit, and not with the selfishness that the Devil so wants us to have.
Heavenly Father, we are so thankful that you have filled our hearts with your Holy Spirit. We pray that the faith we have in our heart can show itself in our words and actions this day. While we celebrate our school this week, cheer and play dorky games, we pray that still are a light in a dark world for the people that do not yet know you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.