“If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet” – Mat 10:40 (NIV)
When Christ sent out his disciples, He knew well they would be places where they would be welcome. For example, when the Apostle Paul visited Corinth there he met a loving couple Aquila and Priscilla who hosted him and together they preached the Gospel (Acts 18:1). Among the Bereans Paul was received with intriguing curiosity (Acts 17:11, NIV)
However, Christ also warned his disciples there would be places where they would be not just turned away but sometimes physically attacked. In Corinth Paul was attacked and taken to Gallio the Governor and accused of heresy (Acts 12-13).
Christ told his disciples that in those places where they met with animosity they should not insist on their way. The way of Christ is not to push the Gospel down the throats of those who clearly see no value in it. “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under your feet, and turn and tear you to pieces” (Mat 7:6, NIV).
We preach nothing but the Gospel of peace that sets lives free. Yet to some it is like throwing pearls to pigs. In such places do not insist having done your part. Pick up the pearls and move to those others who see value in God’s precious words of victory.
Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray in the mighty name of Jesus of Nazareth, that where I share the Gospel and it is rejected with your grace I may not insist but simply move to where it is appreciated!