Is it? That’s too bad!
Let me explain my concern.
When Jesus met with His disciples for His final Passover Meal, he tried to explain to them that he would soon leave them, to return to the Father, from whom he came. Over the three-year period in which he prayed, taught, admonished, and corrected their belief in him as the messiah, he worked to help them understand that he, as God, put off His righteousness to join us here on earth much like He walked in glory with Adam. God put on the body of humanity to make way for us to follow him home, back to the glory in which we were first created. See? We could never follow him home if he did not first come to lead the way.
But now, it was time for him to leave, and return to His glorious place as our King, joining with the Father, seated at God’s right hand. (A triune God is a paradox for another day) And so, he told his friends and disciples that he was leaving, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you” (John 14:26, NKJV). Therefore, God, who expresses himself to us in three ways; as the Father, His only Son, and in Spirit seeks to continue to live with us on earth to ensure we have the information and understanding to follow Jesus back to himself.
Timothy, an eye-witness and disciple of Jesus, equated the human body to a clay vessel, or jar (2 Timothy 2:21). As Timothy attempted to explain, a vessel can be used to contain honorable and less than honorable items. We might think of vessels today such as a toilet—less than honorable, or a burial-urn—highly honored. Isaiah, a prophet of God, described God’s Spirit as poured out, like water, filling the vessel, which is our body (44:3).
So now, comes the tricky part. Is your vessel filled with the Holy Spirit of God? Or, are you feeling as though in your worship, you are left feeling offended by an absence of filling? We often approach worship with the expectation that we will feel exuberated from the effort because God is obligated to refresh and renew our filling by his Spirit when we sing his praises. I know a lot of people that tell me worship often leaves them feeling let down, unfilled. It is like sitting in a restaurant with a sweaty, cold, empty glass of water, puddling on the table in front of you while you wait for the waiter to once again scamper over and pour the icy cold, refreshingly natural drink, and fill your vessel anew.
YOUR CUP IS READY!
I think of it this way. If you never take a drink from the glass, it remains filled, and the waitress will never swing past on one of her trips through the restaurant and fill it. If you aren’t thirsty, and you want it refilled, then you need to share the water with a thirsty someone at the table, because a full glass of water will never attract the server’s attention. It is the same with the Holy Spirit. We are a vessel for God’s Spirit. And if His Spirit is never shared, never allowed to teach you something new about God as you read His Word, never allowed to worship with you as you sing God’s praise, guide your prayers, or motivate your discussions with friends, family, or neighbors, then you remain filled with the Spirit, and never needing refilling.
When we allow God’s Spirit to work in our lives, He is faithful and ready to renew us daily, pouring out His Spirit and filling us, refreshing us, inspiring us, and motivating us to share His Word and love with everyone we meet. You can’t pour water into a full glass, and God can’t pour His Spirit into a full vessel. Next time you are singing, try allowing God’s Spirit to sing with you by genuinely saying the words in worship to God and see if his Spirit in you is refilled. Then share that Spirit with those around you every day, and be refreshed daily by God’s faithfulness.
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