OPTIONAL PROP: A bucket of water
I bet all of you know what this is, don’t you? It’s a sponge. Sponges are pretty unique, aren’t they? They look solid when they’re dry, for they’re full of lots and lots of holes. The great thing about sponges is these holes allow them to pick up and store a lot of water. When we use sponges in soapy water, we can clean a lot of things around the house. Your mom and dad probably use sponges to clean the kitchen, dishes, and bathroom. Some of you probably have sponges in the bath tub, don’t you? We can use sponges to wash ourselves.
But you know what? If I filled this sponge with water, and let it sit out for a day, something would happen: the water would leak out, wouldn’t it? The water doesn’t stay for the same reason the sponge takes in water. It’s full of holes. So it leaks constantly. If you leave a sponge out too long, it gets dried up and hard. And eventually, it’s no good.
You know something? We’re a lot like these sponges. We don’t have holes in our bodies, but we have spiritual holes that have to be filled. Some people fill them with bad things, but if we are wise, we will fill that emptiness with God and his Holy Spirit. When we invite the Holy Spirit into our lives, we become full, and like a wet sponge, we become useful in God’s kingdom.
But if we don’t keep ourselves filled with the Holy Spirit, what do you think happens? The Spirit leaks out, and we become hard. That’s why it’s very important not to ask God into our lives once, or even on Sundays, but every day. In Romans 15:13, Paul writes, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Let’s pray that God will constantly fill our lives with the Holy Spirit so that we can live our lives for him.