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Sunday, November 4th, '18

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IN EXCESS

"And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess..." (Ephesians 5:18)

 

I have no problem with those who drink "a little wine for their stomach's sake" (1 Timothy 5:23), although their "little wine" is usually an excuse for a little more, plus the pharmacy carries Pepto-Bismol and an assortment of other options if the stomach is really the concern. Logic figures that if it takes four glasses to get drunk then one glass would make a person one-fourth drunk, right? But let's lay aside the drunk part and look today at the words "wherein is excess" because that paints with a far wider brush. So many things that are lawful can be done in excess, turning the lawful into the unlawful. For instance, Solomon wrote, "It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory" (Proverbs 25:27). A man can get drunk on praise as easily as on whiskey.

 

Speed limits are posted. Anything beyond is considered "excessive". Without regulations there would be little or no order. Our kids would try to live on licorice sticks and pass on the broccoli. Spiritual maturity means self-governance, the ability to discern when enough is enough. "All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful unto me, but I will not be brought under the power of any" (1 Corinthians 6:12). We have Alcoholics Anonymous but should there not also be a group called Tempers Anonymous or M&M Addicts Anonymous or Computer Game-aholics Anonymous? Anything that distracts from our life mission or our relationship with God and people becomes an excess. You can tan your skin to extremes, exercise more than is balanced, watch too much television, spend too much time gabbing on the cell phone. Knowing when to surrender and walk away from an argument demonstrates more courage than standing your ground. Talking is good; rambling on and on in excess thins out friendships like a bad odor.

 

Not that all excess is bad. Mary of Bethany broke the alabaster box and poured an excessive amount of perfume on Jesus' head and feet. I don't think we can ever go overboard on praising the Lord. But there can be excesses in the flesh. As much as I love good preaching there is a point when preaching can turn to excess. Bible study is good but when it swerves into "vain jangling" or "doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof comes envy" (1 Timothy 1:6, 6:4) then the enemy has taken over the Bible study and the good thing becomes a bad thing. Fellowship is good but even that has its boundaries. "Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbor's house; lest he be weary of thee and hate thee" (Proverbs 25:17). My son, daughter-in-law and grandkids live next door. I have to remember that even Grandpas can become a nuisance if they overstay their visas. When it comes to moral purity or commitment to personal convictions hold to your guns but in most other matters we have to seek balance. Don't be a moderate when it comes to the fundamentals but remember that being fundamental should not mean being feud-amental. We can afford to be moderate, another word is temperate, when it comes to all the gray areas. When it comes to wine, don't give in to excess. When it comes to the Spirit, inebriate yourself! "Be not drunk with wine wherein is excess, but be filled with the Spirit".


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