Once in the fall, a fox and hedgehog crossed paths and the fox said to the hedgehog, “Come with me to steal some grapes from the vineyard.” The hedgehog replied, “I cannot because I am afraid of the traps that have been laid there!” The fox said to the hedgehog, “Don’t worry! You’ll come to no harm because I have a bag full of tricks.” So the two went down together to the vineyard and ate their fill of grapes.
As the two started to leave, the fox stepped into an iron trap. The fox cried to the hedgehog, “Help me hedgehog! I’m caught in a trap!” The hedgehog replied, “Empty out your bag of tricks and I’ll use them to free you.” The fox cried, “But I have jumped over a ditch and all of my tricks have fallen out! Do you not have a trick?” The hedgehog replied, “I know but one. When the master of the vineyard comes, play dead so that he will throw you out of his vineyard and we will see if you live.” The fox did as the hedgehog advised and the master of the vineyard threw the fox out of the vineyard just as the hedgehog had predicted.
This fable was the source of an ancient Greek proverb, “The fox knows many things, the hedgehog but one; but it is enough.” In life, there are many things (or “tricks”) that we can fill our bags with. We can learn enormous amounts of information and we can learn how to do some incredible things but there is only one thing that is truly “enough.” The one thing that we know that is “enough” for all of us is Jesus Christ. Certainly if we know Him, we know all that we truly need to know.
But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. (Philippians 3:7)