Filled or Fooled?
Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. – Colossians 3:16 NLT
Time after time again in scripture, the anointing of the Holy Spirit is compared to anointing oil. Oil. This oil is not consumed, but it covers and spreads out, and clings to, and fills each little crack and crevice of what it touches. It transfers itself to everything it comes in contact with. It’s aroma was undeniable, and it even changed the way that things felt when they were touched. What was once rough and ragged now felt smooth and soft. Yes, this is how the presence of God in our lives, close and personal and present, changes us and our interactions with everything around us as well.
Oil. What happens if we further to put gasoline in our car and we run out and the car stops? We can walk to the store and buy some more gasoline and be back on pour way, right? But what if pour car runs out of oil and the engine stops because of no Oil? That’s a different problem altogether, and the car is probably headed tho the trash heap and we are probably looking for a new car altogether, right?
There are things we can go without and still survive, but this oil, this anointing presence of the Holy Spirit of God, without it filling our lives, we are headed to a 6 foot deep, worm invested scrap yard ourselves. But if we are filled, we habe much to tell about, much to teach about, much to sing and shout about, don’t we?
After dark one evening, he came to speak with Jesus. “Rabbi,” he said, “we all know that God has sent you to teach us. Your miraculous signs are evidence that God is with you.” Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” “What do you mean?” exclaimed Nicodemus. “How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?” Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.” “How are these things possible?” Nicodemus asked. Jesus replied, “You are a respected Jewish teacher, and yet you don’t understand these things? I assure you, we tell you what we know and have seen, and yet you won’t believe our testimony. But if you don’t believe me when I tell you about earthly things, how can you possibly believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ever gone to heaven and returned. But the Son of Man has come down from heaven. And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life. “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants. ” – John 3:2-21 NLT
Maybe this doesn’t make much sense to you at the moment, but you’re curious because you’ve heard “religious people” talk about things like good, bad, law, rebellion, grace, godliness, etc. But all you’ve heard is talk, you just haven’t yet seen anyone actually walking out their lives in any real similarity to how they speak (or how you know the Bible says people should live if they indeed love God). Maybe you’ve wondered to yourself, “I love this Christ you speak of, but not this ‘twice the child of hell’ that some seem to testify to by their lives even as they call themselves by the name above all names.” Maybe you’ve seen the tares amongst the wheat wherever the religious gather. Maybe you’ve seen the synagogue of Satan intermingling amongst the children of God and you’ve longed for the true children of Abraham, the true church of God, the truly Holy Spirit filled and loved by God to “come our from her”, to be separated from the hypocritically and circumstantially and mockingly religious who are a stench in the nostrils of a holy and righteous God because they clearly never knew Him and He never knew them — He no more abided in them and supped with them than they ever loved and forgave and prayed for “their enemies”.
Yes, I understand. And I’m not calling you to join in with that sort, with that type, with those who seek the honor of men and who long to serve themselves and their own pride. No, let them have their religious ceremonies and dogma with God far away from their actual lives and safely boxed into a Sunday morning time slot, and let us have the Lord present and real and close and intimate in our moment to moment, because TODAY is the day of salvation, we are walking and living it.
Let us pray not just with our mouths, but from our thankful hearts, in spirit in truth. Yes, Lord, come fill us today to overflowing with that oil of yuppie presence that perseveres us to the end — by your power in us, which is greater than any enemy that dare oppose the army of the Lord. The victory is won, ordained before the creation of the heavens and earth, revealed in Jesus Christ, and testified to in the lives touched, healed, changed, redeemed, and restored by grace through Faith in Jesus Christ as both Savior and Sovereign Lord over our surrendered lives, as we die to self, sin and worldliness to live by the Holy Spirit, not by the flesh.
Some will say that we are foolish and “full of it” — and if we are fools, like Paul said, let us be “fools for Christ” — and if we are full of something, let us be “full of Christ”.
My conscience is clear, but that doesn’t prove I’m right. It is the Lord himself who will examine me and decide. So don’t make judgments about anyone ahead of time—before the Lord returns. For he will bring our darkest secrets to light and will reveal our private motives. Then God will give to each one whatever praise is due. Dear brothers and sisters, I have used Apollos and myself to illustrate what I’ve been saying. If you pay attention to what I have quoted from the Scriptures, you won’t be proud of one of your leaders at the expense of another. For what gives you the right to make such a judgment? What do you have that God hasn’t given you? And if everything you have is from God, why boast as though it were not a gift? You think you already have everything you need. You think you are already rich. You have begun to reign in God’s kingdom without us! I wish you really were reigning already, for then we would be reigning with you. Instead, I sometimes think God has put us apostles on display, like prisoners of war at the end of a victor’s parade, condemned to die. We have become a spectacle to the entire world—to people and angels alike. Our dedication to Christ makes us look like fools, but you claim to be so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are so powerful! You are honored, but we are ridiculed. Even now we go hungry and thirsty, and we don’t have enough clothes to keep warm. We are often beaten and have no home. We work wearily with our own hands to earn our living. We bless those who curse us. We are patient with those who abuse us. We appeal gently when evil things are said about us. Yet we are treated like the world’s garbage, like everybody’s trash—right up to the present moment. I am not writing these things to shame you, but to warn you as my beloved children. For even if you had ten thousand others to teach you about Christ, you have only one spiritual father. For I became your father in Christ Jesus when I preached the Good News to you. So I urge you to imitate me. That’s why I have sent Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord. He will remind you of how I follow Christ Jesus, just as I teach in all the churches wherever I go. Some of you have become arrogant, thinking I will not visit you again. But I will come—and soon—if the Lord lets me, and then I’ll find out whether these arrogant people just give pretentious speeches or whether they really have God’s power. For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power. Which do you choose? Should I come with a rod to punish you, or should I come with love and a gentle spirit?
1 Corinthians 4:4-21 NLT