In Matthew 10 Jesus sends the Twelve out on their first evangelistic journey. Among the instructions he gives is this:
If anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town. Truly, I say to you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.
What in the world are we supposed to do with this? I have no idea. Granted, not all Jesus’ instructions to the disciples apply to us in exactly the same way, and all that. But seriously– what do we do with this? Shouldn’t we keep telling people about the Gospel, knowing that God could change their heart any minute, even if they’re hostile to it? Don’t people get saved all the time after rejecting the Gospel over and over again?
I’m pretty sure I haven’t shared the Gospel long enough or often enough with anyone to be at this point. But in theory, what do you think? Is there ever a point when we “shake off the dust” and walk away?