The Truly Transcending Experience

Tom McCrossan

READ : Ephesians 5:18-21

At 9 a.m. Pentecost morning the first Christians were filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2). They were so seized by the presence of God that they began declar ing the wonders of God with such exuberance that some in the crowd made fun of them saying, “They’ve had too much wine” (Acts 2:13).

In Ephesians 5:18, Paul is not saying that the experience of being filled with the Spirit is like getting drunk, though it can lead to an incredible release of emotion. The longing we have, to cut bonds of sorrow and inhibition, to escape the boredom and stress of life, and to connect with other lonely travelers, is achieved not through alcohol but through the Holy Spirit.

Only the presence of God fills the vacuum in our souls giving us lasting joy, purpose, and the power to truly love and be loved. The presence of God in this world is the person of the Holy Spirit.

How much do you

hunger

for God’s presence? That’s the key. Paul commands us to “be filled.” Daily, continuously, let God’s Spirit have his way with you. Give the Spirit full control. The result? Encouraging connections with fellow Christians, heart and voice lifted in harmony and thanksgiving.

PRAYER

Have thine own way, Lord, have your way with me! Amen.