Am I using discretion when discussing spiritual matters with others, since many simply won’t get it, and others will actually turn against me?
6 "Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces. - Matthew 7:6
I crave authenticity and depth in my relationships. I am probably transparent to a fault and I don’t do well with small talk for more than just a minute or two, before I feel the burning need to speak about things that actually matter. I thrive on talking about God, what I and others are learning on our journey, and the deeper matters of the spiritual life. To me, the more authentic we are, the more we can help each other. The problem with authenticity, for most people, is vulnerability. Transparency opens you up to being hurt by others, who can later turn and use it against you.
I spent one full year discipling a group of men through the teachings of Christ. I met with the whole group each week and then individually with most of them as needed. I wanted so badly to see them trust God in deeper ways. So, I decided to pre-maturely share some of the very difficult situations I was trusting God for, and some of the awesome promises I was waiting on Him for. Because they were things that went totally against human reasoning, like almost everything else God has ever asked me to do, a few of them simply could not understand. A few of the guys went sideways on me and actually turned against me, saying I was violating Scripture. I had made the mistake of sharing deep spiritual truths with men who were not yet beyond the carnal Christian stage (1 Cor 3:1).
If you share special parts of your testimony or your walk with God, with people who don’t get it, (unbelievers, false disciples, or immature believers) they may very well think you are nuts. It is wise to measure what you share against the person’s level of faith or spiritual understanding, or you may suffer painful consequences as a result.