If someone were to describe you, what words would they use?
And, if you were to describe someone, what words would you assign to him or her?
These questions have come to mind because over the last month, I have been in the book of Acts and a couple of repetitious words have crossed my path. Catch the words "full of" in these short phrases:
--the apostles were full of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:4)
--the religious leaders were full of jealousy (Acts 5:17)
--the seven chosen men were full of the Spirit and of wisdom (Acts 6:3)
--Stephen was full of grace and power (Acts 6:8)
--Dorcas was full of good works and charity (Acts 9:36)
Take a moment and ask yourself, what am I "full of"?
Be honest with yourself and with the Lord. It's okay to admit that you might be full of:
fear and doubt,
pride and anger, or
stress and anxiety.
When we admit the condition of our hearts to the Lord, and want to change our ways, God can do amazing things in us! I have seen this clearly in the book of Acts. The same disciples that fled on the night of Jesus' arrest and crucifixion (full of fear and confusion) are now, full of the Spirit, and are courageously turning the world upside down with their faith. It's like these men are an entirely different group of Jesus' followers.
The same can be true for us. Ask the Lord to help you right where you are. What do you want to be full of? God, through the Holy Spirit will help you.
A second question is this:
If you were to describe someone in an honoring way, what would he or she be "full of"? Is there someone that comes to mind? Maybe reach out to this person and thank them for just being who they are in Christ. It's never a bad idea to encourage or thank someone. So do it today; be "full of" gratitude and kind words towards them. it might just change both of your days entirely.
We're all full of something. We get to chose what that something is. The truth is, there is no better privilege on earth than to be full of the Lord.
Thank you that the characteristics of your Holy Spirit can be beautifully displayed through each one of us. May we be full of YOU, not only for our own benefit, but also so that we can be a blessing to all those we encounter. Amen.
I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you. I have no one else like him, who takes a genuine interest in your welfare. For everyone looks out for his own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. Philippians 2:19-21
Help us to take a genuine interest in the welfare of others. Forgive us when we fill our agenda with self-interests to the point where we don't have time or energy for anything else. May we be the person that sees a need and then responds quickly to fill it. Amen.