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New Year’s question: Spigot or sponge?




It’s a new year, and I have decided I would rather be a spigot that a sponge. What on earth does that mean? OK, I’ll tell you.

First, what is a spigot?

A spigot is a faucet, a tap, or a pipe through which fresh water flows. Hot, cold, or lukewarm, this is the outlet for water coming from its source for our use.

If we’re thirsty, we go to the spigot. If our hands are dirty … you guessed it.



So why would I want to be a spigot more than a sponge?

Sponges are useful, right? Sure, it’s important for us to soak up all the learning and training knowledge and other edification that we can. I get that.

But when I think about a sponge, it’s from a different angle. Step into my kitchen, and you will find a squishy sponge that is used to wipe up all sorts of stuff. We use it to clean messy counters, swipe off dirty dishes, and even sop up spills on the floor.

That’s when the now-nasty sponge must be washed out well and tossed into the dishwasher on an extra hot cycle – or tossed out altogether. Otherwise, that same sponge can spread all sorts of germs and stinks. 


I don’t wanna be like that.

I’d rather be a spigot. People are thirsty for something real. How cool would it be to be an open outlet through which God could pour his life-giving fresh message to those around me?

Jesus told a wayward woman that He could offer water that would satisfy her for life.


Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14, NIV)


How great is that?

Yes. I’d rather be a spigot than a sponge. Because I’d much prefer to offer something fresh from the Source than to soak up and spread something stale and icky.
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