THOUGHTS

SHORT, THOUGHT PROVOKING ARTICLES PUBLISHED BI-MONTHLY.

All articles are written using the NKJV, unless otherwise noted! All articles are written by David Hicks, unless specified otherwise.

A Cup!

There was a well-known sage, who was often sought for imparting his wisdom to the benefit of those who sought it. He was approached by a young man seeking to gain some of the sage’s wisdom in life.

They sat down together over tea and the sage began to impart his wisdom. At each nugget of astuteness portrayed, the young man would quickly state, “I already know that!” or “I do this when that happens!”

The sage stopped talking after several of these exclamations from the young man, and he began to refill the young man’s tea cup. He filled the cup and continued until the tea began to overflow. The young man screamed, “Stop! The cup is already full!”

The sage stopped pouring the tea and calmly explained, “As are you, I cannot teach you anything, your cup is full!”

1 Corinthians 1:26 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.”


Dr. Scott Baker, a psychologist: “The student’s attitude is the most significant aspect of their nature which contributes to either their success or failure in learning a complex system of skills. Attitude has a greater impact upon a student’s success than natural ability, and physical capacity. One can build capacity and endurance, and one can teach skills and abilities even to the untalented, but one cannot teach the unteachable!”

In this case, an individual is a cup with holes. Their unwillingness to learn, provides an escape from true knowledge that is needed!

Acts 24:25 Now as he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and answered, “Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you.””


Finally, there is the cup that is truly ready to be filled –

Proverbs 8:32-36 “Now therefore, listen to me, my children, For blessed are those who keep my ways. 33 Hear instruction and be wise, And do not disdain it. 34 Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at the posts of my doors. 35 For whoever finds me finds life, And obtains favor from the Lord; 36 But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; All those who hate me love death.”

Colossians 1:9-10 For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God

Is This A Teachable Moment???