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Hey all!

My name’s Kyle and I was recently asked to do the writings for Fridays here on KingdomReady.org. I hope that we can learn from each other.

A couple of weeks ago I was sitting down wondering what I was going to teach at the church that I am currently interning at when one of my favorite songs by the band mewithoutyou (yes, all one word–you should check them out if you ever get a chance) called “A Glass Can Only Spill What It Contains.” The words are good, very poetic and hard to understand, but that one sentence struck me as something extremely profound and thought provoking. I had been thinking about preaching on one of eight woes, in particular the one about the cup, and I remembered that wasn’t the only time Jesus had talked about cups and their contents.

Mark 7:14-23 says (NASB): “After He called the crowd to Him again, He began saying to them, ’Listen to Me, all of you, and understand: there is nothing outside the man which can defile him if it goes into him; but the things which proceed out of the man are what defile the man. [‘If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.’] When he had left the crowd and entered the house, His disciples questioned Him about the parable. And He said to them, ‘Are you so lacking in understanding also? Do you not understand that whatever goes into the man from outside cannot defile him, because it does not go into his heart, but into his stomach, and is eliminated?” (Thus He declared all foods clean.) And He was saying, ‘That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man.’”

Many people have used this verse in many different ways, but I want to propose a way of looking at this verse that may help us to reevaluate our selves and consider what is inside.

Consider the original phrase; a glass can only spill what it contains. Earlier in Mark 7 Jesus talks of how the Pharisees washed cups (a very Jewish way of talking about a person’s whole being yet also making other references [Psalm 23:5; Psalm 116:13]). If this is true, the importance of Jesus’ statement becomes more than just evaluating what you do, we must, first, evaluate what is inside of us. If a glass can only spill what it contains, then we can only act on what is inside.

So the question for today is are you full of hope of the coming kingdom, does the joy that it entails bring it to earth in your life in the same way that it will one day come to earth in the future? What we are full of definitely determines what we spill.

What are you full of?

3 Responses to “A Glass Can Only Spill What It Contains”

  1. on 29 Feb 2008 at 5:14 pmDustin Smith

    Good devotion Kyle.

    I think that the vision of the coming kingdom should be errupting in our lives. In the kingdom, there will be no poverty, so we should feed the hungry today. There will be mo war, so we love one another today. There will be no more suffering, so we comfort others today.

    You can see Jesus doing this in his ministry. Matt 4:23 says that Jesus was going throughout the towns and villages, preaching in their synagogue and heralding the gospel of the kingdom, and performing healings, etc.

    Jesus did 2 things, he preached the kingdom, and he lived the kingdom.

    The tendency of Christians is to sit on the sidelines and to act with a “we got the truth, if you want it, come to us, and the only reason you are in a mess with your life is because you dont have the truth.” Jesus on the other hand get involved without having to be asked.

    Our hope should be evident through our actions.

    Dustin Smith

  2. on 29 Feb 2008 at 7:15 pmRay

    In thinking about a glass that can only spill what it contains,
    I was thinking about how a mind can walk.

    Eph 4:17
    ….walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind.

    and,

    Psalm 119:133
    Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have
    dominion over me.

    also,

    Phil 4:8
    Finally, bretheren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever
    things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of
    good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think
    on these things.

    Thats a lot in a glass.

    Always be content with what God gives.
    Better is a little in a good glass, than lots with uncleanness inside.
    Cans hold many things, but the water of God is for the soul of man.
    Do you ever think of things other than God?
    Everything of God is good, but he is what’s best to think of.
    First things first, There are first works to do in Jesus.
    God allows what is good to happen to us, even when we don’t
    deserve it.
    Honoring God is good.
    I like to honor Jesus.
    Jesus is the well and the ladder of Jacob.
    Keeping on climbing the Ladder of God requires the faith of Jesus.
    Ladders are good for climbing, but sometimes we fall.
    Many fall because they did not keep their eyes on God.
    Never will God allow us to climb without Jesus.
    Over every step, Jesus is watching.
    Praise is good, and it helps us to keep going.
    Quickening us by the Spirit is what Jesus does.
    Resting in Jesus is required to keep going.
    Salvation is at the top.
    Trusting in God helps us continue in Christ.
    Under a heavy load, Jesus strengthens us.
    Very heavy loads should be given to God.
    With every gift of God comes a better day.
    X-actly what I need is what God often provides.
    Yes and Amen, are the promises of God confirmed in Jesus.
    Zion is at the top.

    If God will order our steps in his word, he will also fill our cup.

  3. on 29 Feb 2008 at 8:04 pmSteve

    Dustin,

    I loved the way you put this:

    “The vision of the coming kingdom should be erupting in our lives.”

    That puts it so succinctly – you can be sure I’m going to quote you!

    At the end of Matthew 4 we read that “Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.” Because of the chapter break (which wasn’t in Matthew’s Gospel originally) we might miss the point that the sermon on the mount which immediately follows in chapters 5-7 is a demonstration of HOW Jesus taught about the Kingdom. He taught that we must live by kingdom-values and be kingdom-people.

  

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