My previous ABC posts are entitled: Understand His Unfailing Love, Victory Belongs to His Valiant Warrior, and Walk Wisely, Worship Well. Today’s post is: eXtra portion of His eXcellent Spirit.
eXtra portion of His eXcellent Spirit? The greatest Teacher of all time used the simple technique of using common word pictures to illustrate profound truths. For example, on one occasion when Jesus was talking to the Pharisees, He told a story of a particular man’s heart. This man had “cleaned up his act”, and Jesus compared this decision to cleaning a house. He was telling the Pharisees that even though the house had been swept clean of filth, it needed to be filled with something else, otherwise the same evil spirit would end up coming back with seven more wicked than itself, and live there; and the last state of that man would be worse than the first. Sadly, although His eXcellent Spirit was offered to the Pharisees to possess “full homes”, they instead chose “void-of-truth houses” to represent their hearts.
eXtra portion of His eXcellent Spirit! On the other hand, there once lived a man named Elisha. God appointed him as a prophet to follow his mentor Elijah, who had done great and mighty things through the Lord’s powerful Spirit for 25 years. Elijah asked Elisha, “Tell me what I can do for you before I am taken from you.” Elijah replied, “Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit”… And then, as they were walking along and talking together suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to leave in a whirlwind. Afterwards, Elisha picked up Elijah’s cloak; and indeed, he did inherit an eXtra portion of His eXcellent Spirit. God’s power worked through Elisha as he prophecied and performed miracles in Israel for over 50 years.
When I look at these two biblical passages, I have to ask myself, “What is my heart filled with, nothing or Something, the flesh or the Spirit? It’s easy to legalistically “clean house” and “do the right thing,” but remember, if it’s void of love, it means nothing (see 1 Cor. 13). And it’s also easy to fill my heart with ME–MY self, MY stuff, MY status. Although this choice is temporarily gratifying, it leaves me eventually lacking. My deepest God-created heart’s longing is to be filled with His Spirit! And I want an eXtra portion of His eXcellent Spirit! First, I long to be filled with His love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control so that I can then go and give this fruit of His Spirit to others. Nothing compares to this choice life-style! It is completely fullfilling and eternally gratifying!
“Remind me O God, You are what I want! Please make Yourself at home in my heart. Fill me to overflowing. I want Your ways; I want to give You to others. Thank You for Your promise: You give your Spirit without measure.” John 3:34