“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.” – Ephesians 5:18
The letters of Apostle Paul to the churches are filled with timeless truth about Christ’s redemptive work, its implications and the efficacy of that work in the believer.
In addition to that, we see a majority of his letter conclude with instructions for the believer.
One of such is our theme scripture. Apostle Paul does two things in Ephesians 5:18. Firstly, he encourages the believers at Ephesus, and by extension us, to not indulge in excessive wine, then he instructs us to be filled with the Spirit!
He places the two concepts side by side and advises: reject the former, indulge in the latter.
The former leads to debauchery, the latter to a deeper walk in the Lord.
A keyword in the opening scripture is FILLED. The Apostle Paul knows you have the Spirit, but he instructs that you should be FILLED with the Spirit.
One shot of alcohol never got anyone intoxicated. An excessive amount does!
When a man is found driving with alcohol in his system, he is said to be driving under the influence of alcohol. He doesn’t just have alcohol in his system. He has an excess of it.
In a similar fashion, Apostle Paul wants us to drive through life under the influence of God’s Spirit.
It is great and true that the Holy Spirit resides within the quarters of our heart, but we must take an extra step by giving him the driving force over our lives, if His influence will be discernible.
How do we do this? By walking in the Spirit. The post text to our opening scripture says:
“Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” -Ephesians 5:19-20
Apostle Paul reiterates this in his letter to the church at Galatia.
“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.” – Galatians 5:16
This week and always, decide to be under the Spirit’s influence. Spend time speaking, singing, making melodies and giving thanks to God.
Drive through life under the influence of the Spirit!