3. Faithful messengers exercise discernment by recognizing the need to preach to those who are receptive.
--Those who have been given God’s truth and reject it are surrendered to God for judgement.
2nd Thessalonians 1:7-9, …when the Lord Jesus is revealed from Heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His might…
--Those who rejected God’s truth will not be allowed to hinder the furtherance of the Gospel.
Acts 13:50-51, But the Jews incited the devout women of high standing and the leading men of the city, stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their district. But they shook off the dust from their feet against them and went to Iconium. And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
--Those who speak God’s truth have done all that they can as faithful messengers.
Mark 6:30, The apostles returned to Jesus and told Him all that they had done and taught.