God the Father is the only God that will ever be.
God the Son is the only God this world will ever see.
God the Holy Spirit is the only God living in me.
That is a good way to remember who God is and how He has revealed Himself to us. The best thing to remember is that God has made Himself known to us. We do not have to search for Him. He has come to us, and we find Him most clearly revealed in His word, the Bible. God has shown Himself to us personally through His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus is God in human flesh, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us full of grace and truth" (John 1:14). If you want to know God, look at Jesus. He will show you in all He did, all that He said, and the manner of His life the character and person of God Himself.
The apostle Paul calls on us to shun the ways of the world by living as wise people who are filled with the Holy Spirit. He says, “…be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ” (Ephesians 5:15-21).
The word DISSIPATION is located right in the center of Paul’s prescription for living the Spirit Filled life. Unwise people; foolish people; people who party and get full of booze live a DISSIPATED life. That means that those people live a WASTED life. You could say EMPTY life, or POINTLESS life. Folks who live without the Holy Spirit wind up with NOTHING to show for it. All their substance, all their achievements, all their claims to fame in the end evaporate and blow away.
On the other hand, people who walk in the Spirit of God keep on singing.
Isn’t it amazing that the Spirit Filled life is marked in Paul’s mind by singing?
Birds sing. Angels sing. The hosts of heaven sing the praises of God. Singing is the language of heaven. When people are filled with the Spirit of God, they sing and make melody in praise and thanksgiving to God. Spirit Filled people join with the hosts of heaven with joy to lift up the name of Jesus.
It is not surprising that our church, along with the good people of Mountain View church, our closest neighboring church, will join together on the last Sunday night of August to sing together in praise to the Lord. We will do exactly what Paul tells us to do, “…speak to one another in psalms and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord.”
Instead of DISSIPATION there will be MELODY.
Instead of unwise and senseless banter there will be thanksgiving and praise.
This Hymn Sing will be filled with the Spirit as we all subject ourselves to one another in love in the name of Jesus. Mark your calendar now,
Plan to be a part of a Spirit Filled evening in which God’s people sing and celebrate the joy of being saved and sanctified by God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.