During our Kids Going Bananas Day Camp I drove the bus. Our bus was a generous gift that God has used in wonderful ways. There are a few problems on the old ’84 International. One big one is the gas gage is broken. You never know when you’re running low. The previous owner placed a bright green sticker on the dash, “Gas gage does not work. Fill up after 100 miles just to be safe!”
Driving the bus with all those kids on board, I didn’t want to run out. Maybe I had enough to get me through the day at times. Just to make sure, regularly I would pull into the station to fill up, and praise God we never ran out.
Like that old bus, you need gas. You need the Holy Spirit to keep going. You don’t have an exact gage to let you know, “Hey! You’re going to run out today! You’re going to stall, and leave you family, your kids, you wife, your co-workers hanging!” It’s important to get regular fill ups just to be sure. You can’t drive a bus without gas, and you can’t operate the Christian life on your own strength, without the Holy Spirit.
I think one of my constant challenges is just making time to stop and spend time filling myself up with the life, and presence, and power of God. In the morning when I first get up, my first instinct is to exercise, read the paper, read a book, check my email, check my voice mail. All those things can crowd out the free space in my life for the still, small voice of God.
Living the Spirit filled life is daily asking Christ to be the Lord of your life. You continually yield yourself to him. It’s taking time to submit yourself to your Creator each day. As we grow closer in our relationship with Christ we’ll always find more areas we need to surrender over to him. Being Spirit-filled is yielding all of myself, as much as I know how, to all that I know of Jesus at that moment in my life.
Ephesians 5:18-20 says, “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. 19 Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”