Ephesians 5:15-21 – “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, 16 making the most of your time, because the days are evil. 17 So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; 20 always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; 21 and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.” NASU
Hopefully, my title will not cause a mass exodus from my friend’s list on Facebook or cause anyone to refuse to read what I am about to write. Read the passage before you jump to any conclusions as to what I am going to say. That is always the safest course of action in any situation. We need to become people who “Hear the conclusion of the whole matter,” before we render judgments.
Paul tells the Ephesian church and the church today that they and we are to take care “how we walk” or “live” this spiritual life in the flesh. He warns us against being “unwise” while reminding us of the condition of the hour regarding evil and wickedness. He admonishes us to “understand” or “discern” what the Will of the Lord is. Then he says something that is almost totally off the topic he is discussing and says in verse eighteen – “Do not get drunk with wine…” Had he stopped there one would have to conclude that there was a problem with drunkenness in the Ephesian church but he continued and said in contrast, “Be filled with the Spirit…”
He identified some characteristics of a Spirit-filled Life in the next verses that are worthy to be considered:
- Speaking to one another in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs.
- Sing and make melody with your heart to the Lord.
- ALWAYS giving thanks for ALL THINGS in the Name of the LORD.
- Be subject to one another in the Fear or Reverence of Christ.
If I truly consider what he is saying then I immediately recognize that adoration, praise, and worship is vital to the Spirit-filled life. It is important that we rejoice in the Lord and from many other passages in the Bible I would suggest that this should be not just an occasioned occurrence but a daily one. We notice additionally that it is important to have “An Attitude of Gratitude” in our daily lives and be thankful for All Things not just Some Things! Then we come to a place that most either have a problem with or resist and that is “being subject to one another” but doing so in reverence to Christ.
We seem to have an innate fear of subjecting ourselves to anyone for fear that they will abuse us in some way. I suggest that if the church practices mutual subjection in reverence and fear of Christ there will be No Lording it over anyone but there will be a mutual desire to protect and defend each other from the enemy and forces of evil. There will be a caring for each other that seeks the best good of that individual rather than a Lordship Position. There will be the rise of humility and servanthood rather than abuse and lordship.
Begin with the first part and “Get Drunk on the Spirit” and “Jesus” and the rest will follow naturally. So I declare that today is a good day to GET DRUNK in the Spirit or on the Spirit of God.
May God bless you as you go through your day!