HAVE ANOTHER DRINK
For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves* or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. 1 Cor.12:13 ESV
I will never forget the revival meetings I attended in Rockwall, Texas in 1994. It was as if I had stepped into another era, or had been transported to another planet. I was totally caught by surprise at the tangible presence of God . I never had any idea that that was even available to us today. I had been a “spirit filled christian” for over twenty years at that time, but this was all new to me. People “stuck” to the floor for hours, others laughing like I had never seen before, others shaking or jumping for joy, if I had not felt the overwhelming presence of God, I would have thought it was all just a show. And then I remember hearing Rodney Howard-Browne, crying out, ‘DRINK, DRINK”. I had no idea what he was talking about but I was about to learn. What I discovered was that “drinking” was a biblical concept that meant to take in or to receive. Obviously, I had forgotten how to receive, that’s why everything seemed so foreign to me. At the beginning of the 20th century, A.B. Simpson was a well known pastor in New York. Here is what he said about drinking.
“It is one thing to be baptized into the one body by the Spirit; it is another thing to drink into that one Spirit. The first is an act; the second is a habit. The first brings us into a relationship; the second is the true use of that relationship, the drinking of His fullness until we become filled, and the habit of abiding in His fullness so that we are always filled.”
I like that, drinking of His fullness until we are filled, and developing the habit of abiding in His fullness so that we are always filled. That is what I learned in those powerful days of revival in 1994. I learned that drinking of His fullness needed to become a habit in my life. Once I tasted the joy of drinking, making it a habit became quite easy. In those early days of revival I learned different ways to drink. Drinking in worship, drinking in reading the word, drinking by just enjoying His beautiful world. Drinking His Spirit became quite natural, like breathing or drinking water. The second lesson was abiding in His fullness. Drinking could bring me into a new life and lifestyle, as Paul said, “the new and living way”. There is a life of fullness, how do I find it? You find this fullness by learning how to drink.