Fill Me Up

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.

Colossians 1:9 ESV

There is a lyric in a worship song that says, “Fill me up, God.” The lyric is repeated several times throughout this beautiful song and refers to being filled with the Holy Spirit. While meditating on Colossians 1:9, the words of that song come to mind. It then becomes apparent that Paul is not asking that God fill the Colossians but that they are filled! As a result, the lyrics of the song are misleading.

These verses stand out as a remarkable contrast between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant. In the Old Covenant, it was believed that not just anyone could enter into the presence of God. Only the high priest could go past the giant curtain that separated the rest of the temple from the Holy of Holies, where God’s presence was written to be found. Furthermore, the high priest could go on behalf of the people only once a year.

The truth is that God has given us the Holy Spirit, His Word, and authority in the Name of Jesus! God has already done all the filling that He can do! It is up to us to be filled. In other words, Saints, we have a partnership with our Heavenly Father. We have a responsibility in that partnership to seek Him. You are already on that journey since you are reading this and, obviously, participating in 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting.

Matthew 6:33 TPT reads, “So above all, constantly chase after the realm of God’s kingdom and the righteousness that proceeds from him. Then all these less important things will be given to you abundantly….” All too often, we are chasing results more than we are chasing God. But our results are in God! Knowledge of His Will and living to please Him make us vessels of wisdom and give us spiritual understanding in every situation. That is His promise! That is good news!

One of the marks of a Christian is a lifestyle of answered prayer. God always answers prayers. Often, we are so focused on OUR desired result that we miss GOD’s answer that will yield the results beyond our expectations.

So, instead of asking God to fill us, let us receive His infilling by the hot pursuit of knowing His Word, Will, and ways!


Reflect
Are you pursuing any goal without God? Are there more things on your prayer list than there are people? How can you include God in your everyday pursuits?

Prayer
Dear Heavenly Father, as I spend time in Your Word and in prayer, enlighten me by the power of the Holy Spirit with revelation and understanding. I receive wisdom and spiritual knowledge as I spend time in your presence. Therefore, I expect to know Your Will and ways for my life, in Jesus’ Name!.

Upcoming Connect 21 Events

  1. Saturday Morning Prayer (Jan 15th @ 9 am at The Way UMC – Latimer Hall) More Details
  2. Sunday Morning Service (Jan 16th @ 10 am at River Ridge High School)