There is a very popular quote about teaching, or preaching, or even just talking to someone who might hear, but they don’t listen. You may have brought them to the water, or maybe even brought the water to them, but they’re just either not thirsty enough or too stubborn to drink.
“A man may well bring a horse to the water, but he cannot make him drink.” – John Heywood, English Writer
As Christians, we feel that we must convert the world to faith in Jesus Christ, and that is a whole lot easier said than done. So while we work and aspire to that, let’s not fall into the temptation of discouragement when our testimony falls on deaf ears. Rather than telling yourself, “cast not your pearls before the swine”, perhaps it is better to accept your role as nothing more than a simple messenger. Remember the words of Paul to the Corinthians:
“I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.” – 1 Corinthians 3:6-7
We are messengers that plant seeds and water them, but at the end of the day it is God’s work. Let us not become weary in well doing, or in giving our testimony of the Gospel. Just do the job God has assigned you and He will do the rest. Yes, the saying “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink” is true, but you’ll never know unless you first bring him to the water. And if you know a horse that is thirsty, bring him to the water and he will drink.