I was thinking today… What did Jesus mean when He said, “Do not throw your pearls to pigs” (Matthew 7:6)? When you think about it, we are supposed to be an example of Jesus in our everyday life and interactions with others. We are to tell people about Jesus, but we have to realize that not everyone will be open to Him.
Jesus never ran after someone with the good news. Yes, He taught, and He picked his disciples, but he also knew it was their choice. I think He is telling us not to waste the precious gift of God on people who will not hear it or who will get angry and want to hurt us for talking to them. That’s not to say that we shouldn’t talk to people when we feel called to do so – of course – but if it’s not received well, then pray for them and move on. It’s our job to introduce Jesus and then it’s their choice to accept Him or not through God’s calling. It’s an invitation.
- Jesus didn’t run after the rich man who walked away.
- Jesus told His disciples to leave the home or town that wouldn’t welcome or listen to them.
It may sound harsh, but Jesus meant business. He wasn’t fooling around, and neither should we.
(Matthew 7:6) “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.”
(Matthew 19:21-22) “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.
(Matthew 10:14) “If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.”
To God be the Glory,
Lynn Manucci Warrick