Fellowship for Young People
Campus Meeting - A Meeting of Our Own (Part 3 of 4)
In this third installment, we come to being filled with the Holy Spirit.
For the campus meeting, we should be filled with the Holy Spirit. Acts 13:52 says, "And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit." The enjoyment and freshness of the meeting depend on the Spirit. In 4:31 we read, "And when they had so besought, the place in which they were gathered was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness." Clearly, the power and impact of the meeting come from the Spirit.
How may we be filled with the Spirit? First we must realize God wants to give us His Spirit. Luke 11:13 says, "If you then being evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father who is from heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!" Can we not sense how willing, even how very eager God is to fill us with His Spirit? Just ask for it. He is not likely to say, "Let Me think about it." No, ask and it shall be given! Perhaps we need to learn to honestly tell Him, "Lord, I do not know the Spirit. I do not know how to be filled with the Spirit. Lead me to be filled with the Spirit." Why not tell the Lord the real score? We can pray this personally. And since the campus meeting is a meeting of our own, we may also unashamedly pray the same among ourselves, "Lord, we do not know how, but fill us with Your Spirit." Turning our heart to Him, exercising our spirit, even for a brief moment, without pretense cry unto Him, "Lord, fill me! Lord, fill us!" We let the Lord have the chance to work it out among us. Maybe one time, in the first meeting, we do not sense any difference. We stop praying after one round. It is alright. We do not have to drag the time. We may proceed to do other things. But we pray again in the next meeting and in the meetings thereafter, maybe no longer just once, but two times, three times, four times. For sure, we will not stay the same. When we allow Him to work in us, He will clear away the hindrances. We may have more ways to say the same prayer just as the writer of Hymns, #267. In the chorus, see how simple yet sincere he is:
Fill me now! Fill me now!
The Lord will hear our prayer. When we are filled with the Spirit, we will be like a tire that is filled with air; we will feel light, buoyant, able to move with ease. Our face will be so round, we may even be bouncing with joy. We will not be ourselves but truly be the Lord's expression. Oh Lord, fill us!