If we are full of anger or mistrust, then our words and actions generally reflect this. If we are full of sadness or lack of joy, then that is usually reflected in our speech and deeds. But if we are filled with something else – perhaps something good and positive, then that is what can and should come out of us.
In Acts 6: 5-15 we are given the story of Stephen. When the early church was looking for leadership among its followers, the criteria were to find seven men who “are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom” (6:3). They chose Stephen, “a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit” (6:5) ... a man full of God’s grace and power … (6:8). When the religious authorities began to bring false testimony against Stephen, because he was full of the goodness of God, the Scriptures say “his face was like the face of an angel” (6:15).
What does it mean for us to be full of faith and the Holy Spirit and to be full of God’s grace and power in this new year? How might we in our daily talk and walk with others be full of God and that which reflects the love of Christ and not full of the world and its negativity and selfishness?
I challenge all of us to be full of it – to be full of the faith we profess to practice; to be full of the Holy Spirit that we invoke to come into our lives; to be so full of God’s grace and power that others cannot help but recognize we are full of it – full of the love of God that He has for all of us!