Donald Macleod shows what the acid test is. It is the perfect antidote to all the silly thinking about what the spirit-filled life looks like.

The great overall result of being filled with the Spirit is that we submit to one another (Ephesians 5:21). The context also speaks of Spirit-filled praise and gratitude, but it is marvelous to see the apostle move from the principle of being filled with the Spirit to detailed ethical instructions about husbands and wives, parents and children, masters and servants (Ephesians 6). Being filled with the Spirit shows itself first and foremost in the kind of husband we are, in the kind of wife, in the kind of parent, in the kind of child, employer or employee.

Above all, it shows itself in submission. Surely the great thing here is this: the transformation of our attitudes so that I never, never approach a problem or a relationship from the standpoint of my own rights. I approach it from the standpoint of my obligations. That is the value of the whole idea of submission. The natural man, the non-spiritual man knows his rights. He knows what everybody else owes him. But to the Christian, the only person who has rights is the other person. Paul doesn’t tell the husband, or the child, or the employer his rights. He tells every one of them his obligations. It would work wonders in the church if we had that kind of spiritual attitude, concerned not with what people owe us but with what we owe them.

The quote is from A Faith to Live By, a wonderful book that combines theological depth with a keen pastoral concern. Have a Spirit-filled Thanksgiving!