People smile at the mention of prunes. They are known especially as a laxative but they help generally with digestion as well. In fact, prunes are high in antioxidants, have anti-inflammatory properties, and are good for bone health, skin and hair! My Mother would often tell me that I was “full of prunes,” when as a child I would say or do something silly! I guess being full of prunes was not such a bad thing after all!
Today’s verse tells the believer to be filled with God’s Spirit. The Holy Spirit resides in each of those who have turned to Christ in faith. God has put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit. guaranteeing what is to come (II Cor.1:22). But being filled with Him means giving more of ourselves over to Him to work in and through us. When we are filled with His Spirit, we overflow with praise and song with others and heartfelt music to Him!
The problem comes when I am filled with other things. How can He fill my heart when it is full of bitterness or a refusal to forgive? How can He have room to display His fruit when I am full of jealousy and envy? My stubbornness and pride put Him in a tiny corner of my heart where He is barely noticed. Then I wonder why I am just not feeling His presence and power. Holding on to those heart-filling obstacles means that the song and praise fall silent. But oh how wonderful the change when I confess and rid my heart of what is blocking Him!
Lord, fill me to overflowing today!