Soak it Up

One of the privileges I have as a pastor is to participate in making converts into disciples.  This is a slow, pains-taking process, but it’s what we’re called to do (Matthew 28:19-20).  Notice, we’re called to make disciples, not build the church (that’s Christ’s job–Matthew 16:18).

The thing that blesses me and convicts me about this process is the eagerness with which true converts desire to soak up the truth of God’s Word and to grow in their knowledge of Christ.  This is exactly what they’re suppose to do (2 Peter 3:17-18).  As I taught my S.O.L.I.D. Foundations Class yesterday, it was awesome to see these new disciples eagerly devouring the Word and learning and growing in their faith.  They soak it up like sponges.

The convicting part of this is that we often, as seasoned disciples, lose that zeal for growth and learning.  Perhaps we have gotten comfortable in our salvation and have stopped being disciples…growing and learning.  Unfortunately, I find that means we aren’t just being stagnant, but we are digressing.

If you find yourself there, get around some new disciples and let their excitement and zeal spark and rekindle that fire in you for the relationship and the Word.  A sponge can get saturated and hold no more water.  Spiritually speaking, we may be saturated with self, or the world system or almost any other thing that can take the place of the power, presence and person of Jesus in us.  The miraculous truth is, we can’t get saturated with Jesus to the point we don’t need any more.  He continues to fill and we continue to soak.  Do you, like me, need to be emptied so you can soak up more of Jesus and His Word?

Psalm 42:1-2

1 As the deer longs for streams of water,
so I long for you, O God.
2 I thirst for God, the living God.
When can I go and stand before him?

What tends to saturate your life and squeeze out the fullness of God?


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