What are you full of? Better yet, what do your friends say you are full of? We are all full of something – full of self or full of the Spirit. Or we are somewhere in between playing the game of balance with the spiritual and natural life in this world. It is easy to do ‘Spirit-filled’ on Sundays but Monday through Friday we turn naturally to self, self-motivation and self-actualization in the workplace.
Stress can be a good indicator as to what you are full of. The stress level increases when the Spirit is pushed out by the noise of the world and the pressure-packed decisions that are part of life. It is not as normal to turn to the Holy Spirit in prayer to process a business decision as it is a health concern. When a CEO does turn to prayer for clarity in his decisions and encourages staff to do the same, the experience is one of a work environment that has the peace that Jesus spoke of often. The beauty of this Spirit-filled workplace is that the practice of prayer is so normal that blessings flow from work to home and back again.
“But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” - John 14:26-27.
Stress is pushed out when we turn to the Holy Spirit. “And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.” (Romans 5:5). Be Spirit-filled and embrace fully the peace that Jesus leaves us through the Holy Spirit. “Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
Tips to Be Spirit-filled:
- Ask the Lord to show you what you have done for the Kingdom in your strength;
- Pray for the Spirit to illumine what He wants to do through you in His strength;
- Get out of His way or in His way to just the right degree and step up to what He is up to through you.
Prayer guide: Lord, I confess that too often I am full of me. Forgive me and open my heart to the love You have poured in by the Holy Spirit. Grant me strength in the Spirit to let go of me and my agenda and walk in obedience to You, that I may be a Kingdom builder at home, in the workplace, at church and in the community. Amen
A faithful father is Spirit-filled Sunday through Sunday.