Spongy Christians

How many times have you chewed your nails, afraid you wouldn’t have the answers you needed while talking with a friend who was struggling? How many times have you kept quiet, afraid you’d say the wrong thing? I think duct tape was over my mouth for almost 20 years because I just knew I’d say the wrong things. Not only was I sure to embarrass myself but I was afraid I’d embarrass God and damage His testimony. It’s still something I really struggle with, but the tape is coming off my mouth more and more.
Here’s why…

We are sponges.

Makes sense, right?

Sticky tape cannot stick to wet surfaces. But what if the surface is dry? The tape sticks. When you squeeze a dry sponge nothing comes out of it because there’s nothing in there to squeeze out. But sponges are made to absorb water so they don’t have to remain dry.

Hang with me here.

For My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters… ~Jeremiah 2:13 NAS

Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water. ~John 4:10 NAS

If Jesus is the Living Water (and He is!) then we want to be sponges that soak up His Living Water. We want to saturate ourselves with Him. When we do that,  the sticky tape that keeps our mouths shut when they shouldn’t be won’t be able to stick because stickies can’t stick to wet things. Not only that, but if we’re saturated with the Living Water, when we’re squeezed what will come out? God’s Living Water.

So how do we do we absorb God?

We immerse ourselves in the Word of God.

What happens when you just quickly dip a dry sponge in water? It gets a little wet. Moistened. But what happens when you immerse the sponge in water? It becomes saturated and when it’s lifted it drips. And when it’s squeezed, water streams from it.

Are you getting me?

If we just quickly dip into the Word, sure we’ll be moistened, but moistened sponges need to be wrung hard before any liquid comes from them. If we immerse ourselves in God and His Word, it will drip from us even before we’re squeezed or even just pinched. And when we’re squeezed by life or people? God and His Word will flow from us. That’s what we want.

For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart. ~Matthew 12:34b NAS

The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice. The law of his God is in his heart; his steps do not slip. ~Psalm 37:30-31 NAS

That’s what God wants. Spongy Christians that soak Him in so that when life squeezes us He can flow out of us and water those around us.

So tell me, how spongy are you?

Let’s saturate ourselves with God’s Word so that it can flow from us!

*This makes a great object lesson!

Patty Wysong

Patty Wysong, a home executive with over 20 years of experience, homeschools two of her five children, but don't let that fool you. She spends much of her time working on what God has placed in her hand: her keyboard. From the corner of her living room she writes inspirational fiction, devotionals, blog posts, and teaches online blogging workshops. You'll also find her drinking kool aid from her china cup, preparing for the ladies Bible study she leads, and helping at their church. Through her writing, Patty has found the extraordinary God in her ordinary life.

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17 Comments

  1. LOVE this. Never thought of it this way, but it’s SO true! Thanks, Patty.

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    • JoDear, when I thought of this (read that, when God plunked this in my head) it was all I could do to keep from bouncing out of my chair. God is so good! 🙂

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  2. Great comparison! I want to be a sponge overflowing with Christ!

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  3. I think sometimes I’m a stinky sponge. Don’t you hate those? I usually pitch mine and get out a new one. In fact I just purchased a bunch on sale last week. I’m so thankful that God doesn’t pitch us. Instead, he always draws us back to the living waters. Thanks for the beautiful picture.

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    • Oh, me too, Dianne! And I’m so glad God cleanses us and gives us HIS righteousness. 🙂 It smells much better than ours. 🙂

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  4. Thank you so much! I really need this! God bless!

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  5. An excellent way to get the point across of our need for His Word! I really liked this post!

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    • The need to be in God’s Word has been really jumping out at me–in life and as I read the Bible. Yet so often it’s the first thing to go in our lives.

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  6. i do a lot of soaking through music ~
    get comfy, turn off distractions & focus on God’s ministry to you through the word Holy Spirit has inspired in song ~
    your spirit will refresh & you’ll be filled to ‘overflowing’ beautifully.
    rather than making it another thing of ‘works’ over love relationship response

    after all, that’s what heaven is filled with “)

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    • Yes! I love soaking through music too, but there is something overwhelmingly powerful about God’s Word, straight from the Bible. It’ll soothe and snap me to attention even when I’ve turned off the music.

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  7. Patty,
    This is such a beautiful post and such a good way to put things.

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    • Thank you, Ginger. I love the Cafe. God has blessed me greatly through this site!

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  8. Lately, I’ve been falling asleep while listening to Psalms. I used to watch tv or read but this is awesome; to fall asleep with God’s Word pouring into me. We’re also reading the Bible in 90 days as a church and it’s been an amazing adventure.

    You’re so right, Peej. Letting God’s Word saturate into us makes us soft and pliable and so much better listeners and doers of what He has for us to do. So why do we fight it so often? That is the question. ergh:(

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  9. Wow! This sponge desires to be dripping wet with God’s Word, with His purpose and with His overflowing love! Patty, this spoke to my heart in overflowing abundance! I feel like dancing and sing “I want to be a sponge for Jesus.” Hugs!

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