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The dry sponge

A completely dry sponge isn’t of much use, is it? Add a little water, and then it’s suddenly a useful tool. Likewise, a Christian who doesn’t know the word of God is like that dry sponge. Without the word of God in their heart, they can’t shine God’s light into this dark world. They can’t be a living example for other Christians to follow. And they can’t be mentors, or teachers of God’s word. They’re of little use to the kingdom of God.

We need to be totally saturated with God’s word. We need to have so much exposure to the holy scriptures that when the world presses in on us, we should gush forth God’s word.

Don’t be like the Corinthians who the Apostle Paul rebuked for not maturing spiritually.

But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready.
1 Corinthians 3:1-2 (ESV)

The apostle Paul was addressing those Christians who, although God’s word was preached to them, they never meditated on the word and therefore it didn’t cause spiritual growth. They remained babies in the faith.

The book of Hebrews strongly rebuked it’s readers for not growing in righteousness. They weren’t maturing in the faith because they hadn’t learned the basics of Christian doctrine, which means they weren’t living as God intended.

For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.
Hebrews 5:12-14 (ESV)

Do you crave the solid food of God’s word. Do you seek the deeper truths that can only be found by studying and meditating on scripture? I hope so because we need more mature Christians who can nurture those who are still children in their faith.

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I first professed my belief in Jesus as the Son of God and accepted Him as my Savior more than 40 years ago. Since that day, I’ve never doubted that Jesus is who He claims to be. However, that belief didn’t keep me from living my life on my own terms for several years, which resulted in repeating the same sins over and over. In 2013, I became determined to make Jesus the Lord of my life. It was then that the Holy Spirit gave me an insatiable appetite for God’s word. As I turned more and more of my life over to Jesus and cooperated with the Holy Spirit, He has helped me break free of the sins that once enslaved me. Since then, I’ve been strongly compelled to share God’s word and to warn others that we need to get ready because Jesus is coming soon.

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