Matthew 25:31-46 —– “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
“Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
“Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’
“Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, in as much as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
I have written a rather long scripture but please read it carefully and you will notice that preaching isn’t on the list to enter the Kingdom of heaven neither is singing. It’s all about going out into the world and helping the ones who cannot help us in return. It’s about being of service to the outcasts of society, the people who nobody cares about. It’s about providing comfort, love and warmth to those who have nowhere else to go.
So are you a sheep or a goat?
I preach the word of God verbally, but that alone does not assure me a place in Heaven. God surely wants me to reach out to others and work physically. The sheep were the ones who did those things without even realising because it came from the heart. The Holy Spirit says we are crafted in Christ to do good work and those goods works are described in Matthew 25.
The good works mentioned in the above scripture are not the cause of salvation but the effect of salvation. As Christians we become like Christ. Good works in our life are the direct overflow of our relationship with Christ, and are only acceptable to God because of this relationship between servant and Master, the saved and their Saviour, the sheep and their Shepherd.
God’s people will love others. Good works will result from our relationship to the Shepherd. Followers of Christ will treat others with kindness, serving them as if they were serving Christ Himself. The unregenerate live in the opposite manner. While “goats” can indeed perform acts of kindness and charity, their hearts are not right with God, and their actions are not for the right purpose – to honour and worship God.
“Christians don’t pray to God to fill their potholes. They ask God for shovels so they can do it by His grace. Pray practically.”