"Don't waste what is holy on people who are unholy. Don't throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you." Matthew 7:6 NLT
I'm not sure about you, but one of my biggest things to work on is knowing when to walk away. God doesn't need my protection, but like Peter, I sometimes feel the need to defend Him. I have a strong stand for righteousness. I wish that everyone would understand and experience the love of God, and what being in Christ can do for your life. It's life-changing. One encounter. Just one encounter with God will make the world of difference, and you'll never be the same again.
As believers, we are to share the love of God. But here's the problem: when we begin trying to persuade those that have no interest, it's crossing a certain boundary. And we are going completely against what He instructs. I've heard the saying "don't cast your pearls before swine" before. Allowing others to explain what it meant, I assumed it had something to do with roaming with those that are less than and filthy, especially as it pertains to dating. My takeaway was to not share your body (your pearl) with men that were unworthy. How far off I was!
Often, a real-life experience will come to me, and I get a whole message or revelation from something simple. One day, I dropped my Snickers bar on the ground. I wanted to eat it anyhow (no judgement), and this scripture came to mind. I was ready to make a Lifetime move-like post about purity and your body being a temple. Something told me to research further, though I had discussed this scripture twice with my friends just recently. I'm glad I did. As made evident in my last blog, I have an issue with misquoted and misinterpreted Bible scriptures. So I would have been guilty of the very thing that bothers me greatly.
Let's look at this together. What Jesus is saying is that the Word of God and the gospel of Christ is sacred and holy. We are to share the good news, but we can't force or cram information to those that are not willing to listen. Our job is complete when we share and pray for others. We cannot, however, determine their response. Pigs don't appreciate pearls. Now, I'M not calling anyone a pig, necessarily. Blame it on Jesus. He said it, not me.
We can share until the cows come home (or until Jesus returns), but if someone's heart is hardened, we must know when to walk away.
We don't have to roam with pigs when our Father owns a palace.
We are not to refrain from teaching the gospel of Jesus. But we must know when to quit. And that's something I've been guilty of, unfortunately. Jesus specifically says that if you share the gospel, and the listener is not receptive, we are to shake the dust off our feet before leaving that home or
town. When it's apparent the gospel is not welcomed and/or wanted, let it go. We can only pray that a seed was planted that may sprout up at a later time.