Several weeks ago, I spent the afternoon cleaning up both of our vehicles. Typically, I wash the cars with a car wash brush. This time, however, I decided to use a sponge. I filled the bucket with soap and water. I dipped the sponge into the bucket, leaving the sponge under the water for a few moments to allow the soapy water to saturate the sponge. Once saturated, I pulled the sponge out of the bucket and started washing the car. As I pulled that saturated sponge from the bucket, I was immediately struck with this thought-what do I saturate my heart and mind with? These possible sources of saturation came to mind: cultural, social, political, media of all types, and spiritual or biblical.
In his closing remarks to the Christians in Philippi, Paul gives some final words of exhortation:
“In conclusion, my friends, fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honorable.” (emphasis added) (Philippians 4:8 Good News Translation)
What was Paul exhorting the Philippian Christians to do? They were to saturate (fill your minds) themselves with things that were good and deserve praise; things that glorify God.
“Put into practice what you learned and received from me, both from my words and from my actions. And the God who gives you peace will be with you” (emphasis added) (Philippians 4:8 Good News Translation).
The sponge was saturated with fresh, clean water. When squeezed, fresh, clean water poured from the sponge. Our lives are like the sponge. If we saturate our lives with the things of God, when squeezed, our lives will pour out what we have learned and received.
Question remains, however, what saturates your life?
Consider these application point:
Take inventory of the sources of saturation in your life.
Pray for God to help you saturate yourself with those things that are considered good and worthy of praise.
Pray he saturate you with his Word.
Put into practice what you learn and receive.
Soak it up church! Saturate yourself with the things of God!