Have you ever wondered what it really means to “be filled with the Spirit” or “walk in the Spirit”, or why some Christians seem to have more insight or spiritual experiences? I’ve been listening to a sermon series by Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church called Ephesians: Who Do you Think You Are? I really appreciated an analogy he gave in his message entitled I Am Adopted. After describing what some people think it means to be filled with the Spirit, which reminded me of how the prophets of Baal tried to call upon him and wake him up, Pastor Mark said, “…it’s not that we have to make Him show up; it’s that we need to avail ourselves to His presence.”
His statement reminds me of a quote by Billy Graham that my friend, Scott, sent to me. “It is not how much of the Spirit we have, but how much the Spirit has of us.”
Pastor Mark then went on to give the analogy of the Holy Spirit being the wind and we being a sailboat. He said, “The language here, ‘Be filled with the Holy Spirit’ is really the imagery of sailing. Let’s say the wind is blowing, and there’s a boat that’s out on a lake. The boat doesn’t have any energy or movement or momentum unless it puts the sail up. And once the sail is up, the sail gets filled. And then the boat gets moved and compelled and propelled along with great force and power.”
But what does that look like? How do we put our sails up? As I mentioned in a previous post, walking in the Spirit is not some mystical exercise or experience; it is simply living and breathing in a way that is contrary to walking in the flesh. I would highly recommend listening to the message to gain a better understanding, so you can hoist your sails and be filled with the Spirit!