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.
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!