“And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.”
The disciples were able to do all that they did in the New Testament because they were filled with the Spirit, and the same is true for all believers today. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we gain discernment, grace, compassion, and wisdom.
Being filled with the Holy Spirit means living as God would have us live. We live each day in submission to Christ and seek to give Him the glory in all that we do. The ways we are filled by the Holy Spirit are by studying God’s Word and praying. One of the ways the Holy Spirit builds us up is through the encouragement of other believers.
These verses help us understand how we interact with each member of the Trinity in our worship. First, Paul tells us to be filled with the Holy Spirit. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we are reminded that God is our Father (Rom. 8:15). The Spirit also leads us to glorify Christ (John 16:14). Being filled with the Holy Spirit, we are able to thank the Father for everything, especially for sending us His Son to save us from our sins. With the Spirit, we can come to the Father in worship in the name of Jesus because Jesus’ sacrifice cleanses us from all our sins.
When we truly believe that we are servants of Christ, we will esteem our brothers and sisters above ourselves. Our goal will be to serve them. With this attitude, we will delight in encouraging and working for the betterment of the church. Such service is pleasing to God, and such humility is a sign that we are indeed filled with the Holy Spirit.
- What are some things we can do to “be filled with the Holy Spirit”?
- What are some ways that we, as a people filled with the Holy Spirit, might serve one another with the gifts that the Holy Spirit empowers?
- Ask God to help you tap into the Spirit's strength and power this week as you seek to make much of Jesus.