It was a radio conversation with two people talking about the law of driving under the influence. Their debate was concerned with what people might be driving under the influence of. The discussion concerned itself with various drugs and differing amounts of alcohol.
When anyone gets behind the wheel of a car they are driving under the influence of something. It may not be a drug or alcohol, but we’re all under some influence; that which we submit ourselves to; knowingly or unknowingly.
I have witnessed many drivers under differing influences. Some are under the influence of time, risking their own safety and the safety of others because they are in a hurry. I have witnessed those under the influence of anger as they interact with others whom they believe are driving wrong. I have seen people driving under the influence of conversation displaying gestures and mouths rapidly moving in expression. I have seen people driving under the influence of music moving with a beat and rocking to the rhythm. I have noticed some who seem to be under the influence of dreaming as they navigate the roadways with little attention given to anything around them; as if they’re in a daze. I suppose I have driven under the influence of others as I look around to see the behavior of those drivers around me.
Ephesians 5 says we are to be filled with the Holy Spirit. As I submit to God and the Holy Spirit indwells me, how does that effect my driving? Is it possible someone could pull up alongside me, look over and say, “Wow, he’s driving under the influence of the Holy Spirit.” Could a police officer pull me over for this? Perhaps behind the wheel is a good place to let your light so shine that men may see your good works and give glory to our Heavenly Father (Matthew 5:16).
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