And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Chris—(Ephesians 5:18-20, ESV).
As I turned the corner, a half-empty water bottle rolled around in the back of the car. I could hear it slosh and hit the sides of the cargo area with each turn.
‘Who keeps throwing their empties over the back seat?’ I wondered. It was driving me quite mad.
Finally at my destination, I opened the hatch to retrieve the culprit. I don’t know how long it had been back there, but the water looked murky and when I drained it before recycling, it released what can best be described as a moldy wet towel aroma. Nasty, nasty.
No one would ever want–or dare–to take a swig of that stale, stinky water!
Which got me to thinking about how my ‘water’ was looking like these days.
We are to be filled with the Living Water of Christ–ready to be poured out onto the lives of others. Would anyone crave what I was offering?
Is my life full from a renewed filling of the Holy Spirit? Or do I resemble–and smell–like that stale old water bottle? Do I walk with a heart and a mouth filled with praise, thanksgiving and song? Or do I grumble and spew complaints?
Lord, help us to come to you each morning. May our talk and walk not be a stumbling block to others, but may we be filled anew, giving off the fragrance of Christ; enabling us to offer a fresh, outpouring onto the lives of others, Amen.