Eph.5:18 -21 – And don’t get drunk with wine, which is rebellion; instead be filled with the fullness of the Holy Spirit. And your hearts will overflow with a joyful song to the Lord Jehovah. Keep speaking to each other with words of Scripture, singing the Psalms with praises and spontaneous songs given by the Spirit! Always give thanks to Father God for every person he brings into your life in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. And out of your reverence for Christ be supportive of each other in love.
I recently read a commentary by Spurgeon on this passage. He shows the connection between the strength of the Christian life, our ministry, and the daily filling with the Spirit. Read Spurgeon’s thoughts and I will follow with observations.
“The Spirit of God gives the strength to suffer and the strength to labor. The strength to receive and the strength to give out again. The strength to hope, the strength to love, the strength to conquer temptation, the strength to perform holy action. When you are filled with the Spirit, how strong you are! There is no influence about us for good when the Holy Spirit has departed, but when a man gets the Spirit of God to fill him to the full, His presence has a mystic power about it. Though such a man tarries but for a short time in a place, he leaves a savor behind him that will not be forgotten.”
The first observation is the strength, the practical empowerment to live as a Christian. Spurgeon says we are given strength to suffer. We live in a hostile world to Christianity, Christ has chosen to live in us to overcome our suffering with His great strength. He also says we are empowered to labor. Wherever the Lord commands you to serve, He empowers you to perform the task. He directs us and then He performs through us to accomplish the work. We receive the power to receive so we can give. This is foundational. We can only give out what we have received. Receive more of Him and you will have plenty. We are strengthened to overcome temptation and lust. We are empowered and transformed to love the most miserable. There is nothing too big for us because it is Christ working His kingdom through His children. We are in a new season now, casual Christians won’t make it very far. Be filled with the Spirit and get in the fight.