Yup, he said talk to people, but if they won't listen, WALK..Smile
"If any place will not welcome you or listen to you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave, as a testimony against them" (Mark 6:11)
Jesus didn't write them off. At no point did He say, "And I am writing them off too." Did He? He was instructing His disciples how to behave when rejected. To wipe the dust off their feet... A symbolism of taking nothing
of that city with them. Have you ever considered what those things were that He didn't want them taking?
Bitterness and hurt over the rejection...
Anger and resentment because they weren't "heard" as they supposed they would...
Fear or doubt about the calling God had placed on them and the gifts He had placed in them...
Which leads to pride and the capacity to reject others and feel justified for doing it.
All things that hinder spiritual growth and maturity.
Our walk with God is a journey... not a free ride.
The learning never ends. Even when one does reach "maturity". The difference between spiritual maturity and spiritual immaturity is that Maturity understands the difference between the love of Christ and the love of the world. Spiritual Immaturity does not.
"He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm" (Proverbs 13:20)
Good quote. Quick question... How is it that someone who is not wise knows that they are a fool?