“Be filled with the Spirit”
We have a large swimming pool. It looks marvellously attractive and appealing when clear and sparkling. However that does not just happen. It needs a deal of maintenance –part of which involves clearing out the debris of old leaves and other things that end up there, as well as regular topping up. It surprises me just how much water is lost to daily evaporation.
Like this pool of water we also need regular clearing out and filling up again – to keep us fresh, clean and alive rather than stale and sluggish. On the one hand we require a fresh release of the Holy Spirit – because as D.L Moody says “we leak.” On the other we cannot avoid becoming clogged now and then by the dirt of the world in which we live. We will need forgiveness when (not if) we sin, and healing of the pains and hurts that we have encountered on the journey.
Paul is writing in the continuous present tense which means that this ‘being filled with the Spirit’ is not a once off event but an ongoing process. Rather like the branch of a vine keeps drawing its sustenance and life from the vine all the time, so we cannot stop drawing on God. Another picture would be a river flowing into a pool of water – it cannot stop if the pool is to remain clear and alive.
As I need to keep breathing the air of life so I need to keep receiving the Spirit of Life
Father thank You for the wonderful gift of the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit please keep filling my life – cleansing me and setting me free from the sins and stains of the past and bringing me into the fullness of the life that You have for me in Jesus Christ my Lord and Saviour. Amen.