Scripture for Today: Ephesians 5:18-20 “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Our area of Alsace, France is known worldwide for its white wine. We lived in the middle of extensive vineyards and our landlords had their own winery. Not only are the white wines renown but they have their own special wine glasses. Because the whites are so light in color, the wine glasses have green stems to add reflected color. Without the green color of those stems, the glass looks as if it contains only water.
Today’s verse speaks of the danger of drunkenness and of the loss of control. Rather than being filled with wine, we are to be filled with God’s Holy Spirit. Rather than losing control with wine, we are to be controlled by His Spirit. The evidence of being filled is the “green stem.” That reflected color of being filled is the joy, the singing and the praise to God. Praise for God’s blessings are shared with others and expressed to the Lord with a heart overflowing with thankfulness. Gratitude is the attitude of the one who is filled.
Sometimes, I am colorless. He is there but I am not filled with Him as my discontent is taking up so much space. It is easy to compare my situation with others and focus on what I do not have. On those days there is no joyful color. I certainly do not feel like singing or praising Him. But it all can change the minute I confess my ungrateful heart.
Lord, fill me with Yourself and make my heart sing!