Friday, July 12th, 2019
The Enemy's Game: Tactics--T.M.I.*
Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.
Matthew 7:6 (NASB)
Jesus was discriminating as to what He told whom. He often requested privacy after miracles. 'See that you tell no one; but go, show yourself to the priest' (Matthew 8:4, NKJV). Could this be a reason God's Son spoke first in Parables?
'When anyone hears the Word of the kingdom and does not understand It, the evil one comes and snatches away What has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom Seed was sown beside the road' (Matthew 13:19, NIV).
The devil encourages Christians toward TMI.
Consider a wise man's thoughts on casting 'Pearls before swine:'
'Religion is brought into contempt, and its professors insulted, when it is forced upon those who cannot value it and will not have it. But while the indiscriminately zealous have need of this caution, let us be on our guard against too readily setting our neighbors down as dogs and swine, and excusing ourselves from endeavoring to do them good...' (Jamieson-Fausset Bible Commentary).**
Actors, models and talent for Christ: I think you already understand. Talking salvation to outsiders is TMI to unopened ears.
In the job of witnessing our Lord, perhaps hard hearts needs some nourishment: a sampling of spiritual fruit. Act first in love, joy, peace and patience; add kindness, goodness and faithfulness. Offer gentleness and self-control.
Instead of rejecting your words as TMI, they'll be accepting your gifts and asking for more.
## The Enemy's Game: Tactics--T.M.I. (Part 15)
* Too Much Information
** Bible commentaries on Matthew 7:6: http://biblehub.com/commentaries/matthew/7-6.htm
NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2015 devotion series called, 'The Enemy's Game.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you're not a performer, don't be deterred. In truth, every disciple acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Enemy's Game series.