“Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.”
Ladies, please listen to me: your testimony is not for everyone.
Your testimony is sacred. Your testimony is infinite. Your testimony is irrevocably tied to your heart. When others abuse your testimony, they abuse you.
Your testimony is your story of freedom from shame. Your testimony is pure. But the Bible says, “to the defiled, nothing is pure.” Though your testimony breathes life to some, it can wreak havoc for others.
What do I mean?
Well, one definition of testimony is, “evidence or proof provided by the existence or appearance of something.” Our testimony is evidence of the existence of God. We testify to give God glory. But those whom Jesus speak of in this passage seek to rob God’s glory of your testimony for themselves.
Here’s the thing: this selfish exchange is not always intentional. Many do not know what they do, as sin blinds us from the ability to see how dark our hearts really are. Those who’s hearts are still very much blinded by sin are ignorant of their spiritual immaturity. They view others’ testimonies not in the light of God’s glory, but in the light of their own glory and happiness – and they don’t even realize it.
What can I get from this person? How can their freedom be mine?
They want freedom. They want your freedom. And in snatching your freedom,
they attempt to re-enslave you.
You found your freedom in Christ. You found your freedom not in pride, but in humility; you were freed by the utter dependence on the grace and mercy and life of Jesus Christ, not in any man.
They don’t get that.
When, after hearing your testimony, they are then hungry for that freedom you possess, not for God’s glory, but for their own happiness, they make moves in the dark. They cloak you in the shame you’ve already conquered. They will present themselves as the solution to a problem that no longer exists. Their words and actions give license to the enemy to place blinders over your eyes; and you lose sight of your identity in Christ.
If a woman tells the wrong man, (or the right man at the wrong time), “God has freed me from the temptation to get drunk,” he will interpret her testimony as, “She will help me to stop getting drunk.”
For this reason, he decides to pursue her. He foolishly tries to glean freedom from her testimony as healing balm for his own bondage.
But her freedom cannot free him! Only Jesus can! Instead, he will only drag her back into the filth she has freely walked away from.
Ladies, take it from me: guard your heart. Ask God for wisdom; He gives it without measure. And let your words be few. For to the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled. (Titus 1:15)