“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
This scripture to me can be very disturbing. The scriptures before this is talking about how we are to treat our fellow human beings by not judging them; then Jesus tells us that some people are not worth our time. I believe that there is no person that is beyond a time that Jesus cannot change their lives. What Jesus is telling us is that at some point in time, we must move on to the people that are more open to the gospel of Jesus Christ. But we must continue to pray for the ones that have hardened their hearts to the gospel of Jesus.
In sending out the disciples. Jesus tells us the same thing. “But if a town refuses to welcome you, go out into its streets and say, ‘We wipe even the dust of your town from our feet to show that we have abandoned you to your fate. And know this—the Kingdom of God is near!’ I assure you, even wicked Sodom will be better off than such a town on judgment day.” (Luke 10:10-11) Even Paul writes about this issue. “Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done. Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents. They refuse to understand, break their promises, are heartless, and have no mercy. They know God’s justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they do them anyway. Worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too.” (Romans 1:28-32) At what point do we move on to others? I don’t know, only God knows the answer to that question. Be careful not to give up too soon.