The seventh chapter of the gospel of Matthew is one of my favourite chapters in the entire bible, Jesus was steady dropping it like it’s hot, steady wisdom, steady Rhema, and steady fire. Today I am focussing on the sixth verse.
“Do not give to dogs what is sacred, do not throw your pearls after pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.”
As I have grown older, I have come to understand this verse better, it’s like a giant billboard in my head now with flashing neon/xenon lights illuminating its message. Most times we link this verse to sexual purity but that’s just a slice of the cake, it applies to everything!
You and I are precious, we are sacred, we are awesome and most importantly we were bought at the highest price in the world- the death of Jesus on the cross. We are not to give ourselves to unhealthy situations or circumstances, we should definitely not tie ourselves to people who do not value us. Standing for ourselves and speaking out when we are being unappreciated is not a sin, actually it is imperative on us as Christians to shine our light and show our worth. I don’t understand why many Christians have low self-esteem, I don’t get it!
There is modesty and humility and there is low self-worth and we find many Christians who walk this earth without reflecting the awesome glory that is their birth right as Christians. How this must sadden our heavenly father, that in the guise of being meek (which doesn’t mean stupid by the way) we shuffle on earth without direction, without poise or presence. Being heaven conscious and not being of this world doesn’t mean that we are not to shine on earth. If it were then why on earth would Jesus charge us to be the salt of the earth? To be the light of the world, the light to be set on a hill- Matt 5:13-16
The funny thing is, we do not have any gain in living a defeated or muted life. Just like the last part of that verse says, the swine will trample on the pearls and then trample on you too. It’s the same way that we do not even get to enjoy any fruits from such a life. Living your best life possible is an act of worship, that men may see your life and worship your father in heaven. I’m not talking about money or material wealth but in giving your best in what your hands find to do and in living a life that reflects the awesomeness of Jehovah.