By Patrick Hawthorne
Several years ago, I made a trip to Boston. Being from the deep South all my life, it was a new experience for me, to say the least. Going into one particular restaurant, I had a hankering – a craving for you Northerners – for some sweet iced tea. When I asked the waiter, he looked at me as if I had lost my mind. “There is sugar on the table,” he stated rather smugly. Good thing I didn’t ask for grits. His head might have exploded.
Now, you folk from the North don’t know a thing about sweet tea, especially when drank from a Mason jar. You cannot…and I repeat…you cannot add sugar to tea after it has gotten cold. All that sugary goodness just drops to the bottom of the glass quicker than my IQ after watching one episode of the Kardashian’s. Nope, sugar must be mixed in while the tea is hot.
Needless to say, I did not ask for a refill.
This morning, while I was pondering sweet tea, I was also pondering Ephesians 5:18. “And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit…” Did you know that God gives refills?
“But be filled with the Spirit,” is actually referring to an initial filling with an unlimited supply of refills. In other words, our Heavenly Father will not fill you up and then let you run dry. He will never put a limit on the buffet of His goodness. He wants to make sure your glass is always full. The question is, “Are we asking for the refill.”
We see an example of this in Acts 4. Peter and John had just been threatened by the Sanhedrin to not speak the name of Jesus. “Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them… (Acts 4:8 NKJV bold/underline mine.) As we can see, Peter was already filled with the Holy Spirit. He got this on the day of Pentecost.
Now, look down in verse 31. “And when they (Peter, John, and their companions) had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.” Simply stated, those who were already filled with the Holy Spirit got a fresh refill.
If you are feelng a little empty or just want your glass topped off with a fresh touch from the Holy Spirit, take heart. Our Heavenly Father, through our Lord Jesus Christ is ever ready to pour you up another helping of His Holy Spirit. All ya got to do is ask. Be blessed.