One night at dinner when my older brother Rhett was about twelve, he casually mentioned, “I think I wanna be a doctor.” The entire family was eating fish sticks as we sat around our oval shaped kitchen table.
“You? I don’t think that would be a good idea,” my other brother Shane quipped back. “You are way too forgetful.”
Rhett chuckled knowing that Shane might be right.
“Seriously, you’d leave a sponge in the patient during the surgery, you’d stitch the guy up, and by the time you figured it out, he’d already be home. Then you’d have to call and tell him what happened.”
My calm but witty sister in a monotone voice said, “Yeah, and the guy would say, ‘Well THAT explains why I’m so thirsty!’”
Childhood sponge stories . . . we all have them, right? Let’s talk about sponges today. Want to? Not surgical sponges or the rectangular ones that some use in their kitchens. I’m picturing the ones that can only be found deep on the ocean floor next to the octopi and Dori. Now picture taking that sponge out of the sea, letting it dry out for a couple of days, and then submerging it in a sink full of water at your house. As you pull it out of the sink, you start walking around with it. Water is dripping all over the kitchen floor, through the family room, and wherever you chose to go. No matter how hard you try to keep things from getting wet, it is inevitable. Because the sponge is so saturated, it is dripping on whatever or whomever it comes in contact with.
Isn’t the same true about our lives as Christians? As we spend time with God reading His word and in worship and prayer, we are like that sponge. We are sucking up life-giving nutrients that we ourselves need to survive spiritually. Jesus said to the Samaritan woman He met at the well, “Whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:13).
The Bible tells us to renew our minds every morning—a new fresh start. Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by washing with water through the word (Ephesians 5:25-26). As we fill up with His word, the Bible, we can then go out and bring this life-giving water. People can see that we are different . . . full of life . . . the presence of Jesus in us. We know how much this world is hurting; just turning on the evening news confirms that fact. Our world is thirsty for life. Thirsty for a life that is full of joy and peace. Jesus is truly what will satisfy their thirst, so let’s submerge ourselves in His word and bring refreshment to those who need it. They will know we are Christians by our love.
How about you? Who can you drip on today?
Sponge joke: How deep would the ocean REALLY be if it weren’t for all those sponges?!