“Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.”- Matthew 7:6 ESV
I LOVE THE WORD OF GOD!! Every answer, to every situation, can be found in the Bible! We need to be FAMILIAR, which has the base “Familia”, which is family! We know our FAMILY. We SUP with, SLEEP with, EAT with, PRAY with, PLAY with, are INTIMATE with…our FAMILY! Is God’s word FAMILIA to you? In the BLACK COMMENTARY what God is saying: Don’t take something of GREAT VALUE and give it to someone\something who\that FINDS NO VALUE IN IT! In heaven what this world finds of value, God says, you will walk on it! The wall was built of jasper, while the city was pure gold, like clear glass. The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with every kind of jewel. The first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls, each of the gates made of a single pearl, and the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass. (Revelation 21:18-21)
Leader, we are never told to hit someone over the head with the Gospel. God does not, will not force HIMSELF spiritually on another person. As a matter of fact He tells us to SHARE the Gospel and if people aren’t interested then you LEAVE THEM ALONE to their own desired beliefs. And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town. (Matthew 10:14) The GOSPEL is a GIFT- we can’t earn it and didn’t deserve it- and ANY GIFT that is commanded- is NO GIFT AT ALL! There are several phrases associated with the Statue of Liberty, but the most recognizable is “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” This quote comes from Emma Lazarus’ sonnet, New Colossus, which she wrote for a fundraiser auction to raise money for the pedestal upon which the Statue of Liberty now sits. This is the make up of the early church; slaves, outcasts, people who others looked down upon and saw as having no value- BUT GOD said, “I Love you so much that I will send my only begotten Son to die for you so that your sins may be forgiven and you may understand your great value to me”! See John 3:16 and the entire book of the SONG OF SOLOMON.
Conduit, THAT WHICH IS HOLY: The metaphor is taken from the law that the things offered in sacrifice were no longer to be treated as common food. There is nothing common about the GOSPEL or GODS LOVE. If we are looking for people to be fair, understanding, loving and open to what we want to share about God and our love for HIM- in today’s hateful, angry world- it’s less and less likely. That is why we are called to share the GOOD NEWS with everyone- some will accept, and some will reject- it is NOT our job to keep records- God is the record keeper. Our job is to SHARE THE GOSPEL. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20) If your desire is to live a life of significance, it is impossible to do apart from God and apart from God’s Word. Your time, your gifts, your talents, your understanding of the Bible and your LOVE of GOD are special. Make them HOLY, set apart for God’s use and God’s Kingdom!