"Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit." Ephesians 5:18
Most mornings are routine for me. I get up and help my wife get the kids ready for school. I make sure they have a little breakfast, which mostly consists of me taking the French Toaster Sticks out of the box and placing them in the toaster and then sprinkling a little powdered sugar on the side. I just wanted to make sure that you understood that my routine didn't include working in the kitchen all morning, whipping up fresh bacon and eggs and biscuits. No, I am not "Super Dad." I make sure that they have brushed their teeth and that they are ready when mom says, "Let's get in the car." Another part of my routine is my morning coffee. I am so thankful for the Keurig 2.0 machine. It makes it so easy for me. I fix myself a 10 ounce cup of Donut Shop Regular Blend, and I add one spoonful of delicious sugar. Yes, that is one of my morning fills. This morning I read a passage from Ephesians 5:15-20. Paul said, "Be very careful, then, how you live - not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." One phrase really caught my attention in this passage: "Be filled with the Spirit." Another phrase caught my attention, as well: "Make the most of every opportunity."
Another part of my routine that has gotten much better over the past few days and weeks is reading the Word of God as a family before they head out to school each day. We pray together over the Word of God. We pray for HIs Word and the Spirit to empower us for the challenges we will face, as individuals and as a family. Colossians 3:16 says, "Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts." I thank God for the opportunities He gives us to know Him more intimately, as individuals and as families. God has given us the Holy Spirit, and we have the opportunity to be filled with the Spirit daily! God has given us His Word, and we have the opportunity to allow His Word to dwell in us daily! We fill our bodies with so many things during the day, some things are good and some things are bad. Some of the things we put into our bodies control us, physically and mentally and emotionally. But Paul reminds us in his letters to the churches that we should be filled with the Spirit daily. The Spirit of God empowers us to understand the Word of God that dwells in us. The Spirit of God empowers us to love God and to love people the way Christ commanded us. The Spirit of God empowers us to live our lives abundantly, giving God glory and honor with our words and our actions. Take time today and each day to pray. Take time today and each day to allow God to fill you with the Spirit. Take time today and each day to let the Word of God dwell in you richly. You can live a life of purpose and impact...for God, for yourself, for your family, and for the world you live in! Believe it! Claim it! Live it!