Luke 9:3-5 He said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money—not even an extra tunic. Whatever house you enter, stay there, and leave from there. Wherever they do not welcome you, as you are leaving that town shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.”

The man and woman knocking on my door were extremely polite. They seemed non-threatening, so I invited them in. Seated at my dining table, they spread out their colorful and well-designed literature about the Bible and Jesus Christ. We were Christians with differing views about our faith and divergent interpretations of the scriptures. Despite their efforts to persuade me to their way of thinking, I remained unmoved. We politely thanked each other for the visit, and they left. I imagine that once outside, they shook the dust of my home from their feet.

My rejection must have been hard for the visitors, and I felt unkind turning them away. Yet they probably understood that more harm than good is done when we force our view of God on others. We win more hearts for Christ by moving on and leaving the work of grace to God. 

MOVING FORWARD: How often do you talk about your faith? Be open to an opportunity to share your faith but be compassionately attuned to the needs and response of your listener.