“And be not drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit; speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…”
Ephesians 5:18-20, NKJV

English scholar, John Stott, has suggested that Ephesians 5 and 6 describe God’s society. Every community has several societies. These two chapters express God’s society in tangible and intangible terms. The tangible issues are home and work, husband-wife relationships, parent-child relationships and employer-employee associations. The intangible issues are the struggle with principalities and powers (Ephesians 6:9-18). The intangible issues teach us that human beings struggle with spiritual warfare and it affects our tangible relationships.

German reformer, Martin Luther, called the tangible relationships “Houstafeln,” or house tables. The idea is that a family member needs to have certain guidelines that direct the day to day household activities. These are then the house tables of relationships.

The two items (or as Luther writes, Houstafeln) that set the basis of God’s society in the house are the filling of the Sprit (Ephesians 5:18) and Christ’s sacrifice for His people (Ephesians 5:2, 23, 25). These two foundations are the heart of a family relationship.

The filling of the Spirit is the daily awareness and truth that God guides and controls our lives. For a home to enjoy God’s joy, each member needs to be filled with the Holy Spirit. The filling of the Spirit occurs as we submit to reading and acting on God’s Word.

The sacrifice of Christ is symbolized by husbands. (Ephesians 5:25) Husbands need to set the standard in the home. Husbands are to be leaders, and leadership is caring for the family.

The family drunk with the Spirit of God, who practices sacrificing for each other, is the family that will enjoy life at its maximum.

QUESTION: What evidences are there in your life that reflect you are drunk with the spirit? What positive influences are you making on your spouse and children to illustrate your sacrificial love for them?