There are 5 sponges laying on your kitchen counter top. Each member ofÂ your family has been cleaning up different areas of your home, butÂ all the sponges look the same. You are curious as to what was cleanedÂ in your home, but you can’t tell by looking…they all look theÂ same….so what do you do?
You squeeze each sponge to see what comes out. As you squeeze theÂ first sponge, you see that cola comes out, and so you decide thatÂ someone cleaned the kitchen with that one. Upon squeezing the secondÂ sponge, you find tub and tile cleaner – that one was used to clean theÂ bathroom.
Next, in the third sponge, you find motor oil — hubby was cleaningÂ the garage!
In the fourth sponge, baby powder puffs out when it is squeezed — yepÂ the baby’s nursery was done with that one!
And finally, in the last one, is floor wax — that was the one youÂ used on the hall floor!
As you lay the last one down, you look again at their similarity – andÂ they all look the same until they’re squeezed.
Christians are the same way. As life squeezes us, different thingsÂ come out – anger from one, a need for revenge from another, tears fromÂ one, remorse from yet another – also greed, untruth, lust – andÂ finally, from one saint, pours forth the love of Christ.
Just like the sponge, we can only squeeze out what is put in – stay inÂ the Word daily, and be in continuous prayer, so that when life putsÂ the squeeze on you (and it WILL), Jesus, and Jesus ALONE will shineÂ forth from you!
Have a blessed, squeaky clean day!