Jesus said, “Don’t cast your pearls before swine.” What was he actually saying? Is it possible that we spend too much time and energy on people who could care less about what we have to share and offer them? Do we sometimes spin our wheels and waste our time with individuals who despise and hate us out of their own jealousy and bad choices in life?
But, what are the pearls of which Jesus spoke and who are the swine in the narrative? How might you be casting your “pearls” to pigs?
“Do not cast your pearls before swine” is a portion of the Sermon on the Mount, and, to understand its meaning, we have to understand its context and placement within the sermon. Christ had just finished instructing the crowd on judgment and reproof: “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Matthew 7:1–2), and “You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye” (Matthew 7:5). Then in verse 6, Christ tempers these admonitions and shows us the difference between “judgment” and “discernment.” We are not to be hypocritical judges, yet we must be able to discern the swine, lest we cast our pearls before them.
In His sermon, Jesus uses pigs as representative of those who would ridicule, reject, and blaspheme the gospel once it is presented to them. We are not to expose the gospel of Jesus Christ to those who have no other purpose than to trample it and return to their own evil ways. The command not to cast your pearls before swine does not mean we refrain from preaching the gospel. Jesus Himself ate with and taught sinners and tax collectors (Matthew 9:10). In essence, the instruction in Matthew 7:6 is the same that Jesus gave to His apostles when He said, “If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that home or town” (Matthew 10:14). Our job is not to force conversions or cram the gospel down people’s throats.
Are there some folks that you have been trying to reach, help and influence that just aren’t interested in what you have to say? Why do you keep tormenting yourself over the choices of others that is none of your business? Why do you think if you just stay at it long enough you can make someone change to suit your desires? God alone is the change agent in anyone’s life!
Let go, let God..TODAY. Break free of the mental, emotional and spiritual turmoil that comes from casting your “pearls before swine!” Casting our “pearls before swine” is sharing anything of value to us with others who care less about who we are AND what we have to offer. Break FREE.