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Shake The Dirt Off

The disciples were told to 'shake the dirt from their sandals' when leaving a place where people wouldn't listen to them. Should we do the same even with our own families or should we persevere even though they don't want to know?

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In dealing with close family our loved ones here is a policy that has proven successful. Ask this person to fully explain to you their understanding of salvation and if they can do this stop witnessing to them and go to your prayer closet and continue the battle there. I once saw a man saved 10 years after praying for him daily in the prayer closet.
---mima on 12/15/07

It does depend on God. I am a firm believer in waiting on God for words, so I do. It is amazing the people that goes to church for 50 years mind you, and they never want to talk about Jesus. Well, I am sorry. He is going to be in my conversations. I don't know anything else to talk about. Gossip, God hates, so that's out. Oh well.===[He has done so much for me.]
---catherine on 3/15/07

To whom were those words addressed? To Christ's apostles whom He sent out to spread His word.

Make sure that you are on the same spiritual level of the Apostles before you try that.

Keep in mind that Jesus did NOT tell His followers to make themselves obnoxious! Even St. Paul told First Beleivers' Church of Rome "Perhaps it's because of you that the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles."
---Jack on 3/15/07

If we are willing to cast pearls bfore swine or count the word worth being mocked the devil will be more than happy to put people in our path and while we witness to those who will never have a desire for our Lord others may perish. There is a time and season for all things and a time to cast off stones when they refuse to hear and take our precious word to another. We are to redeem the time and be good stewards taking it to those who gladly hear and repent without wasting time on messengers of satan.
---Heather on 6/25/06

No never,Shaking off the dust is a sentence of damnation against the person or city Mark6:11,and all deserve a chance to accept Jesus as Lord until their dying breath.Who are we with a forgiving Jesus, to give a testimony Luke 9:5 against another. That was written to the 12 Apostles , instead I would in love start praying for their salvation. I wouldn't put a stumbling block before them for salvation,especially if they didn't know it.
---Darlene_1 on 5/19/06

Yes we should, as hard as it would be. If a person talks to a sinner about Christ, and everytime that sinner ignores them, and never take heed of what was spoken to them, then that person needs to shake the dirt from their feet and move on to someone else. We are told to do this, and we should do this.
---Rebecca_D on 5/19/06

I think more emphasis is being put on the shaking of dust rather than the moving on. I really don't think that shaking dust off of one's feet had any spiritual meaning. "Say what I sent you to say, if it's not recieved, PREPARE TO LEAVE, and then do so. No progress is made by shoving it down their throat. Therefore, move on to the next person." Always pray that the seed you planted will be watered and harvested by others, but remember, witnessing and nagging are two totally different things
---T.S. on 5/8/06

"Make sure your own dust is shaken off first."

I want to add to my own comment what the Holy Spirit just spoke to me:

If our own dust is not shaken off first, our dust mingles with their dust and we can't tell whose is being shaken off. It may just be us making them dirty with condemnation and judgment rather than them hurting us. Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound...and Christ in us cannot be corrupted or dirtied by anyone. Walk in the spirit.
---Linda6563 on 5/8/06

Amen, Jack. Paul even said of himself, "Let no man think any more of me than what he has seen of me and heard of me." In other words, your own personal, private, and public testimony better line up perfectly with the nature and character of Christ before you go shaking their dust off your feet. Make sure your own dust is shaken off first.
---Linda6563 on 5/8/06

Shake it off. Move onweard ,but with love. If they donot want to listen no matter what we tell them , leave it in the Lords hand. Maybe we planted a seed without knownig it & it needs time to grow, not flooded out by bombarding them with info.
---Candice on 5/8/06

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