Some 'Get It' And Some Don't
Sunday, July 23, 2006
TEXT: Proverbs 14:18, The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
HUMOR: The story is told of two pals who were sitting in a pub watching the eleven-o'clock news. A report comes on about a man threatening to jump from the 20th floor of a downtown building. One friend turns to the other and says, "I'll bet you ten bucks the guy doesn't jump."
"It's a bet," said his buddy
A few minutes later, the man on the ledge jumps, so the loser hands his pal a $10 bill. "I can't take your money," his friend admits. "I saw him jump earlier on the six-o'clock news."
"Me, too," say the other buddy. "But I didn't think he'd do it again!"1
ILLUS: We all remember Tom Hanks in Forest Gump—"Stupid is as stupid does."
The story of Forest Gump is the story of a simple man's epic journey through life, meeting historical figures and experiencing first-hand historic events while largely unaware of their significance, due to his low IQ of 75.2
You know; I happen to believe there are many Christians in the world who are much like Forest Gump—many of God's people who go through life and never really "get it." These are people who are saved—they know the Lord, but for some reason, they know little else. It's not that they have a low IQ, but rather it's that they are unaware of the significance of the Christian life…they seem to lack the spiritual wisdom necessary to see the big picture. These folks come to church, they read their Bibles and pray, but they never get a grasp on what it's all about. As a result, they're never able to appreciate and understand what God wants to do with them and for them. They are like the group in Hebrews 5:12 "For Then for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat."
Paul's burd ...
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