By Stephanie Parker

The other day, my 4 year old son Maverick was playing with a sponge in the sink. He thought it was ‘so cool’ that no matter how much water you fill the sponge with, the sponge stays the same shape. I shared with my little guy how it’s so important that we are NOT like sponges when it comes to our relationship with God. It is easy to get filled up with a bunch of knowledge, stories and verses about God from church, Sunday school and our quiet times, but unless we allow God to actually change our hearts, we are just like a sponge, unaffected and unchanged by what we hear. Jesus didn’t die on the cross for us to be sponges. Our job as a follower of Christ, is to change and transform into who God wants us to be, based on what the Holy Spirit shows us and convicts us of through his Word. As soon as I said the word, “transform,” Maverick lit up like a Christmas tree as he exclaimed, “just like my Transformer! Jesus transforms our hearts like I transform my Optimus Prime!”

Since that conversation, when Maverick has struggled with an area of selfishness, anger or disobedience, all I have to say is, “are you being a transformer or a sponge right now?” He asks me the same question on occasion. too!
So, now I pass the question on to you. Do you allow God to transform and change your heart and mind based on the Truth you read in God’s Word, or are you just a sponge, filling up, but not changing shape? When God convicts you of an area of sin in your life, I challenge you to surrender it to Him, so that your heart and life can transform into what God intends it to be!

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” –Romans 12:2

This verse tells you what you stand to miss out on if you stay a sponge... "his good, pleasing and perfect will." So, go be a transformer today!