Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit. Ephesians 5:15-18
We live in a stress-filled world and people deal with the stress of life in all different ways. Some of those ways bring devastating side effects. Opioids, pornography, alcohol, even shopping has caused many people in our time to lose their job, their spouse, and sometimes even more.
Dealing with deadly addictions is tough sledding. It is rarely enough to just focus on stopping the behavior. Human beings aren’t wired that way.
If you set an infant down in front of an electrical outlet, he will do his best to stick his finger in it. You can tell him no. You can explain the danger. You can slap his hand or yell or threaten. In the end, he will cry in frustration as you stop him from following his instinct to explore. But every grandmother knows the best way to keep a baby away from danger is to set a brightly colored object just within his field of vision and invite him to trade his interest in the dangers of the room for that irresistible opportunity.
We are still babies my friends and the Lord understands us. When we feel seduced to handle our stress with destructive, sinful behavior, the Lord invites us to take on Himself instead. The most important phrase in our text for today is the last one – but be filled with the spirit. The answer to our addictive behavior is more than just mustering our self-control. (If we had that much self-control we wouldn’t be in the mess we are.) The answer is to pursue Christ and His kingdom with all we have, to be filled – brim full, over the top, no room for anything else – with the Spirit of God.
Seek after Him ladies and gents. Run after Him until you are full.