What Jesus Did! 'Pearls and Pigs' — Matthew 7:6

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

[Jesus continued:] "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

Key Thought

Wow! Jesus uses really vivid imagery here. At first, he seems to be breaking the very command that he just gave about not being judgmental. But instead, Jesus is reminding us that being nonjudgmental does not mean we are undiscerning, wasteful, and silly. We are to recognize that there are some people so hardened to receiving the message that they will not listen; we are to quit wasting our time in trying to convince them. He chooses the powerful imagery of a well-known proverb to make his point. He says similar things in a softer way elsewhere. The bottom line, however, is that there comes a time when we realize that people will not hear the Good News message. Their continued determination not to hear and their unwillingness to respond don't mean we are to try harder, but simply to try elsewhere! Being a nonjudgmental person does not mean that we refuse to "see the handwriting on the wall" and that we keep wasting our efforts on those who refuse to hear.

Today's Prayer

Father of all mercy, give me wisdom to know when you have opened a door for me to reach out to my friends, family and neighbors, and when to move on to others. I don't want to give up too quickly on those who might respond, but neither do I want to simply try to be more hardheaded than those refusing to hear and further annoy them by continuing to try. Please lead me to those who are ready to hear of your grace. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 10:11-15
  • Acts 13:46
  • Acts 28:28-31


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Illustration of Matthew 7:6 NLT — [Jesus continued:] "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."

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

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