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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.
There are many applications of this verse to life and our Christian walk. Lets start from the natural, don’t give valuable things to those that will not appreciate it. That would include giving gold jewellery to somebody that will not appreciate it. If you notice, the bible says, ‘ your pearl’ which means anything precious to you. Have you ever given somebody something or sent them something? You don’t hear from them, you have to chase them yourself to draw a thank you out of them. Did they really appreciate what they got?
Another perspective of this verse, is don’t share previous dreams, visions, or experiences with those that will not appreciate it. We need to be very careful who we share and speak certain things too.
If the Lord said this, do you not think that our Lord would apply the same principle in dealing with people? Look around you, has the Lord brought previous people across your path? Valuable ministry gifts? Then value them and cherish them. They are in your life because you appreciate them.
Lets have a look at this scripture:
Psalm 25: 14
The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.
A secret is precious. The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him not with everybody. And it is to those that fear Him that will Lord will show His covenant.
Brethren, we have all been victims of sharing things with those that we should have not, or given things to those that do not appreciate them.
Lets take the Word of life, and live according to the instruction of Wisdom given.
Do you size people up or do you receive others? Do you discern people after the Spirit or after the flesh? Sadly, many people will just take one look at you, and make up their minds. Many have not given so many wonderful people places in their lives just because they sized them up in their little minds.
Lets have a look at this short account:
Galatians 4: 13- 14
Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first.
And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.
Nobody knows what Paul’s infirmity of the flesh was the first time he preached to the Galatians however, whatever it was it must have been visible i.e. something visible that all could see. If the infirmity was not visible, Paul would not have said ‘ ye despised me not, nor rejected me, but received me as an angel of God even as Christ Jesus’.
The Galatians must have seen something in Paul’s flesh at the first time he preached to them, however they choose not to despise or reject him but receive him even as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.
Can you imagine what these brethren would have lost if they had ‘sized Paul up because of the challenge in the flesh, and reject him ? Paul wrote most of the letters in the new testament, imagine someone rejecting such a person because of an infirmity in the flesh? This is why we must know no man after the flesh but after the Spirit. How careful we need to be!.
This is one reason why we are not to judge people after appearances. Sad but true, sometimes when you dress well and elegant, you tent to get more smiles and hellos than on the day you cant be too bothered. Do we size people up by the way they dress, speak, accent, spelling of name, disability etc or by the Spirit? I am very sure that only heaven will reveal how many relationships that were meant to be but were never started all because of these carnal things that is costing us so much.
Just because a person has a challenge in the flesh does not mean that the Lord has not called them. Neither does it mean that they don’t have a message the body of Christ needs to hear.
Know ye no man after the flesh (2 Corinthians 5: 16), is a scripture that must have practical application in our lives if we are to benefit from ministries, relationships, and even fulfil our God given destiny. We must be discerning and receive one another, infirmity in the flesh, challenge or no challenge in the flesh ,disability, lengthy names, accent etc the list goes on. No ye know man after the flesh but after the Spirit must have practical application in our lives.
Just as Paul who laboured so much for the sake of Christ, and had an infirmity in the flesh the first time he preached in Galatians but was received even as Christ, so should we be discerning and judge no man after the flesh. You have no idea who you may be receiving.