Matthew 7:6: Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
Broad Applications: Having wisdom in a setting where everyone agrees is simple. Having wisdom in the presence of enemies may be tense, but can be negotiated. Having wisdom in the setting of the disinterested is pensive and tough. Jesus had all.
Here he shares with us precious insight into those going about their business looking for “stuff”. Our tendency is to assume those around us are for us or against us or neutral. There is no neutral. If they are neither for nor against, they are against. The undecided will destroy the good works of God, when left to their own devices. Some pearls, some wisdom, and some truths are best left in the bag until in the presence of those who will receive them and value them. Everything is not meant to be shared.
Greg Goofs: Sally stepped up quickly to greet Jake. She could feel the tension in the hallway. Greg was rapidly engaged in encouraging Jake to go with him to class. Jake was anything but ready to go with Greg and his wife. Jake’s wife was flustered and ready to go back out the door. The kids had already seen some friends and scrambled into the kid’s church area with them. What a scene!
“What do you mean, you are glad I came here to find Christ?” Jake was angry, frustrated, and humiliated all at once. How dare Greg say such a thing in front of his wife? It felt demeaning. It felt like he was being accused of avoiding responsibilities. This was one bad way to launch a Sunday church visit with friends.
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ACT! Share a precious truth God has shown you with someone who loves God.
PRAY! Father of truth and light, guide me today. Help me to have the wisdom of Jesus in all my dealings. Help me to share Your pearls with those that are listening. There are so many hungry to hear about You. Teach me discretion and sound wisdom in all I do and share. Show me the truths that are for all, the truths that are for those close to you, and the truths that need the specific guidance of Your Holy Spirit to share.