When I was a college student in the late 1970’s, I went to a Christian Woodstock-like event. 30,000 young adults, camping and worshipping Jesus in a farmer’s field in Western Pennsylvania. Keith Green, Phil Keaggy and The Sweet Comfort Band were among the lineup of musicians. It was a week of worship and praise and teaching and fellowship. It was a spiritual milestone for me as I acknowledged and “received” the baptism of the Holy Spirit. It was the first time I felt free to raise my hands in worship.
When I called my mom later to tell her all about the event, I told her I had been filled with the Holy Spirit. Her response? She was very encouraging. Then, with great wisdom, she affirmed my step of faith by saying, “I believe being filled with the Holy Spirit is a daily practice; we are to be constantly filled, even to overflowing!”
It was my mom’s way of quoting Acts 13:52 which says this: “And the disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.” (NASB)
Each day, every day, we can say “Come Holy Spirit. Fill my thirsty soul. So that we might overflow with your love and grace and mercy and joy to those around us.”
(c) Rich Ronald. 2019.