“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)
In today’s passage, Jesus compared the value of God’s Word to pearls, and sinful people who are unable to appreciate its value to pigs, the unclean animals of His day (His analogy, not mine!). Sharing the Word of God with people who don’t have the spiritual capacity to appreciate it is like throwing pearls to pigs that “will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you” (Matthew 7:6).
Any Christian, who loves the Word of God, can relate to this verse. How many times have we tried to share the Word with someone who wasn’t able to understand it only to have them twist it, turn it around or use it against us? Jesus, whose ministry it was to teach and preach the Word, experienced this firsthand and it is He who advises us not to “waste what is holy on people who are unholy” (Matthew 7:6). So the next time you feel the need to use the Word to instruct someone who’s unable to appreciate its value, remember Jesus’ advice and don’t waste it.
Don’t waste God’s Word on those who can’t appreciate its value.