The Fullness of the Holy Spirit

...for he [Barnabas] was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord.
— Acts 11:24

Acts 6:5 - also describes Stephen as being “full” of the Holy Spirit

When a person is being so regularly filled with the Holy Spirit, that to outside observers it seems they are constantly "full"... this is general description of what it seems to mean in Scripture when someone is described as being full of the Spirit. Barnanbas and Stephen are the only two men described this way (although it probably applies to others like Paul as well). Barnabas gave all his property to the Lord and Stephen gave his life. If you have a glass under a faucet and it is being filled, if you simply leave it there it is going to become full and even overflowing. This is the goal with the Christian life, to be so constantly filled with the Holy Spirit that we overflow! In Ephesians 5:18 Paul says "Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery, instead be filled with the Spirit."

He has told you, O man, what is good and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
— Micah 6:8

When we understand what God is requiring of us in Scripture and what the "normal" Christian life should look  like we are actually surprised by the simplicity of it all, a simplicity that the pharisees missed and Jesus pointed out when He said to love God and love our neighbor in regards to the law. Which is what Micah says above but adds the aspect of walking humbly with God.

This reflects another passage where Jesus says in John that the best work you can do for God is to simply believe in the One He sent! The Christian life is not complex but it isn't easy either. Learning to glorify and enjoy Go is our greatest life's work and yet that is exactly what we buck so much. Law we can do. Give me a 12 step solution. Give me 7 principles. But walking in love with God? That would take all of our hearts! Yep, exactly. That is why we "always resist the Holy Spirit" said Stephen, one of the men actually full of the Spirit to the hardened Jews who were about to stone him! "You always resist the Holy Spirit". May that not be true of us today.

In Prayer Today:

Ask God to soften your hard heart toward this way of Spirit-filled walking with God.