Proverbial sayings. We all know them and many of us use them on a regular basis.
One that has stood out to me recently is "you can lead a horse to water but you cannot make him drink."
What does it mean? Simply put you may show a person what is best but you cannot force them to take/receive it. You can teach a person but you can't make them retain information and or learn.
I believe there is some truth to this idea. Yet I wonder, at times, if we use it as a cop out, escape clause, or exit sign when there is really something more when we can do.
It may very well be true that "you can lead a horse to water but you cannot make him drink." BUT another truth prevails. Thirst is a driving force that will lead creatures to do things they would not do otherwise. You can pray that the horse becomes mighty thirsty.
God never gives up on us and goes to great extremes to show us what is best. We are required to do nothing less. So when you have done all you feel you can do to lead a person to Christ or further down the road of spiritual growth pray for THIRST.
"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled." Matt 5:6