Luke 9: Not Everyone Listens
I find it interesting that Jesus recognized ahead of time in Luke 9 that not every conversation the disciples had would be profitable.
Luk 9:3 And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece.
Luk 9:4 And whatsoever house ye enter into, there abide, and thence depart.
Luk 9:5 And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them.
Jesus did not tell them that everyone would open the disciples with open arms. Rather, there would be some who would not listen, but it was not necessarily a cause for concern. The disciples were to preach the gospel to the best of their abilities, but if they people do not listen, it is not as if the disciples were supposed to burn down the city on their way out. It was not a convert or die type of situation.
The disciples were simply supposed to shake the dust off their sandals. In other words, they were supposed to brush it off, and continue preaching to people who would listen.
I think this has a lot of relevance for all of us today. We certainly try our best to show the beauty of Jesus Christ to the world around us. I write this every day in hopes that either it will reinforce the faith of those who already believe or help bring someone nearer to the family of God. However, the reality is that not everyone will listen. As much as I wish it were the other way around, it is not my job to start ripping people who didn’t listen. My job, and the job of all Christians, is to present the gospel, be faithful in that and let God do the rest.