“When you knock on a door, be courteous in your greeting. If they welcome you, be gentle in your conversation. If they don’t welcome you, quietly withdraw. Don’t make a scene. Shrug your shoulders and be on your way. You can be sure that on Judgment Day they’ll be mighty sorry—but it’s no concern of yours now.” ~Matthew 10:14-15 MSG
Listen, here’s a sad truth: everyone will not like and/or receive what you have to say, give or offer. Some will gladly accept it. But, your reaction to either says more about you than it does them. In the scripture above, Jesus is talking to and training his disciples. He says to them that when you go to help (minister to) someone, if they don’t receive you, leave…QUIETLY! You don’t have to make a scene. You don’t have to call around and tell everybody what they said or did. Just go. We spend too much time trying to convince people to believe in us. We spend too much time trying to ‘fix’ people. We keep pouring and our oil is simply running on the ground. We’ve GOT to stop watering dead plants! As they say nowadays, you may have to just take this “L” and be done.
There is a people that is ready to hear and receive what you have. See, God will shake some things up in our lives because we’ve become too comfortable; and in that comfort we EXPECT certain things from certain people. This is the cause of many of our disappointments. Because we begin to look to people and not to God. Thus, we pour over and over…but the plant will not come back to life. My friends, we may need to repent. Sure, God knows your heart, but, in our attempts to be a blessing to people, we’ve forgotten that He moves in seasons. You’re trying to keep folks around for a lifetime and that’s not His will for everyone. Some people come by way of a short bridge that WE often try to make into a long path. In that, we become too common with people and they with us. Eventually, the relationship dies because they were kept in a place too long and they should’ve been gone a long time ago. Plants need sun. But if you keep them in that sun for a long period of time, they’ll die. Stop watering. It’s time to move on.
So, be alright knowing that you’ve done your part. You’ve done what God called you to do. If the people you’ve been pouring into will no longer receive you, God will show you who will! An old saying goes “what’s gotten old to you, is brand new to someone else.” Ask God to show you what your next move is. Ask Him to take you where you need to be. Until He does, keep preaching and teaching His Word. If you’re received, well and fine. If not, “shake the dust” and keep it moving. But whatever you do, stop watering dead plants.