This afternoon I spent some time cleaning the bathrooms in the house. It is a job that is necessary even though I really don’t enjoy doing it. I do enjoy the final results though! After cleaning counter-tops I moved to the sinks. These are where I usually see the most improvement when scrubbing with my sponge. I moved to the toilets before getting on my knees to clean the tub. When I got down on my knees to scrub out the tub I reached for another sponge. There are different cleaning products we use for porcelain, natural stone or glass so I need to be careful about how those chemicals will interact with each other.
When the job is done, I rinse and then squeeze out the sponges I’ve used. Today as I did this, I noticed the effect of the different cleansers on the sponges. That is when I remembered this email story I received.
WHAT’S IN YOUR SPONGE?
There are 5 sponges laying on your kitchen counter top. Each member of your family has been cleaning up different areas of your home, but all the sponges look the same. You are curious as to what was cleaned in your home, but you can’t tell by looking…they all look the same….so what do you do?
You squeeze each sponge to see what comes out. As you squeeze the first sponge, you see that cola comes out, and so you decide that someone cleaned the kitchen with that one. Upon squeezing the second sponge, you find tub and tile cleaner – that one was used to clean the bathroom.
Next, in the third sponge, you find motor oil — hubby was cleaning thegarage!
In the fourth sponge, baby powder puffs out when it is squeezed — yep, the baby’s nursery was done with that one!
And finally, in the last one, is floor wax — that was the one you used on the hall floor!
As you lay the last one down, you look again at their similarity – and they all look the same until they’re squeezed.
Christians are the same way. As life squeezes us, different things come out – anger from one, a need for revenge from another, tears from one, remorse from yet another – also greed, untruth, lust – and finally, from one saint, pours forth the love of Jesus Christ.
Just like the sponge, we can only squeeze out what is put in – stay in the Word daily, and be in continuous prayer, so that when life puts the squeeze on you (and it WILL), Jesus, and Jesus ALONE will shine forth from you! ~ Author Unknown
“But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies.” ~ 2 Corinthians 4:7-10