Scripture: Colossians 3:16, ESV
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” (Colossians 3:16, ESV)
Jesus Christ said, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life” (John 6:63, ESV).
A sponge soaked in water becomes soft and pliable. When we soak our mind, thoughts, and heart in the Word of God, we are focusing on life itself—the life of Christ that empowers and drives us to accomplish God’s purpose for us.
Certain passages speak to us in such a way that they become Spiritual M&Ms (verses we want to memorize and meditate on). Once our heart is soaked with these verses, we can recite and pray them to our King. “My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer” (Psalm 45:1, NIV). I call this sowing to the Spirit.
From the Spirit we receive eternal life in our mortal body, a type of flowback from the Spirit. “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you” (Romans 8:11, NIV).
“Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life” (Galatians 6:8, NIV).
As these verses move from our head to our heart, they serve not only as Spiritual M&Ms, but they also become “Button Pushers.” They nudge us to ask, “What steps do I need to take to experience the reality of these verses in my life?”
When God’s Word operates in our life, the Spirit suppresses the desires of the flesh and lures of the world that would divert us from God’s purposes for us. We can then be effective instruments, like the pen in the hand of skillful writer, so God can continue writing his story through us to our lost and dying world.
Soak, Sow, and Flow is the core concept for enjoying a life now that will echo into eternity. May we be faithful in practicing it.
Today, ask yourself:
Am I taking the necessary steps to SOAK, SOW, and FLOW so the Word of God can dwell richly in my heart and operate effectively in my actions?