Matthew 10:14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.
I've always heard Matthew 10:14 in a sort of "curse to them" way of shaking even the very dust off your feet of those who won't hear the word God's given you to speak... But what if that's not it? Or at the least, what if that's part of it but not all there is? I'm not the type of person who is comfortable with the cursing sort of shaking dust off my shoes, I just wouldn't want that sort of guilt on my mind, I could just not be that final decision with regards to someone else being brought down, I don't have it in me. Thankfully, the way I heard it explained last night totally makes sense and means so much more to me, it becomes a scripture that applies to me and I think it will apply to you as well!
There's another scripture in Ephesians 6 that while explaining how to be a prepared Christian, it states in verse 15 to have "your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace..." And this is where you can start to see a new meaning in shaking the dust off... See your feet are what takes you places, they are essentially your travel... So these words are interpreted in their basic form to say "be prepared everywhere you go, have the gospel ready to share, take it with you, in your heart, be ready!" So if your feet are your transportation of sharing the gospel and someone rejects your sharing, it does hurt, it may knock you down in the dirt or cause you to trip but shake the dirt off and try again!
Listen, we would never tell a boy never to take a chance on asking someone out ever again after their first no. We would never tell a girl to never bake again after her first cake fell in the middle. We would never tell someone never to sing again after one flat note! Why would we tell ourselves never to reach to another person trying to connect them with God after one no!? Why would we stop showing God's love to a person who couldn't accept it the first time? If someone says they won't be coming to church this Sunday why would we not invite them next Sunday!? Don't give up! Connecting people with God is the base of every ministry, it is the only one true calling of God so shake the dust off people and keep moving the Word!