God’s Word for Today: Full
Job 32:18 For I am full of words, and the spirit within me compels me;
Full, at most times appears to be a very good word. If used in the positive context, full is happy. As in, full tank of gas (who would not always want that?) or, full stomach (I seem to reach that level quite often) or full of joy. The last full appears to be out of one’s grasp at times. We may have joy, but to be full or filled with joy is usually one of those elusive life’s moments that only comes around on rare occasions.
Then, we have the other side of full. I like to use the statement “full of beans” as a kind way of describing those who have a tendency to be full of something. I will confess, other full terms have been used. I believe you understand what I am trying to convey.
It has been through a rather perplexing observance that this word full, comes to fruition. When I prep the coffee pot for the next morning’s brew, or if neglected the night before, that morning’s brew, I seem to always fill the coffee pot as full of water as is physically allowed. Then, when I am pouring into the latest of coffee brewing technologies, the water hits the “full” mark sooner than the pot is empty of water. My natural habit is to convince myself that it is OK to add the rest of the water in and go above the full mark. Why waste perfectly good water? My reasoning tells me that evaporation overnight will lower the water level to the perfectly required amount. This appears to be truth occasionally. Some mornings, pot is full and controllable. Other mornings, fresh pot of coffee overrunneth. I suppose the manufactures boundary line for full, is there for a reason. Should I even concern myself with such trivia?
Now, let’s apply this word, full, to our Christian life. When you first give your life over to God via Jesus, you are filled with the Holy Spirit. Some get hit so hard, they are actually overflowing with God. They must and will share with anyone and everyone. Good stuff right there.
But, most of us have a tendency to only be filled with the Holy Spirit up to a preset level mark. We are scared to be too full of God. Sharing with others might bring a spill of humiliation and embarrassment. Being full is good. Running over with Love and Joy and Holiness is for those Bible thumpers that are giving the rest of us quiet, perfectly filled Christians a bad name. Or are they? Why is it so very hard to go over the full mark with the Word of God and simply share with others? Are we afraid we will leave coffee all over the counter?
Somedays, just a half a pot of God’s goodness seems to be enough. That will get us through the day. If a neighbor stops by, we can always fix a new pot. Or, maybe they don’t even drink coffee and don’t want to hear the words of God you want to share. So, your pot stays over on the counter. They might not like your flavor of God’s coffee anyway. Safe.
Today know that being full of the Holy Spirit is good stuff. Going over the full mark and sharing with others is even better. Some people will enjoy the coffee you share. Some won’t. So what. If God gifts take you past the full mark of words to share, get after it. Put your fear of making a mess, behind you. Full of God is good. Overfull is the best………
Prayer: Dear Lord, who made me and picked me, to be full of your Blessings. Thank you for not limiting me to the amount of your Grace. Forgive me for the times I am afraid to share your words with others. Help me today to take what is overflowing in my heart, and bravely sharing a portion with others. In Jesus’, who will gladly take me past the full mark, name I pray. Amen and amen.