Practical Action For Sheep Wanna-bes

In our fellowships this week we have been talking about what true religion looks like.  I am a strong believer in the unity of God and that Jesus of Nazereth is the Messiah.  I am confident that the Kingdom of God will be established upon the earth and that along with the message of the cross, this Kingdom is also the theme of the gospel message itself.  I know that the Bible teaches that when one dies they will rest in peace and await a resurrection.  Holiness, righteousness and faith are essential to the life of those following Christ.  I’m sure we could add more to this list of essentials and key beliefs but I wanted to turn our attention to some specific words of Christ.

Matthew 25:31-40 – But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 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, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’

This section of Scripture gives us a preview of the coming judgment.  The Christ will say on that are are already recorded.  Amazingly the separation of the sheep and the goats from this passage is based on their acts of love and service to others.  These things are not exclusive of the truths I listed above, but are supposed to be united with them.  On the other side of this event are those on the left, the goats, those who didn’t care for others (and thus Jesus) when they were in need.

Matthew 25:41-42 – Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels, for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink…;

Perhaps these are the same who Jesus will say to “I never knew you.”  “Why do you call me Lord and yet not do what I say?”

Galatians 6:10 tells us that we should look especially to those of the faith, but also not pass by or over look those we can do good towards that are around us.  This is one half of what James 1:27 calls “pure and undefiled religion in the sight of God.”

I am going to be judged on this!  What would Christ’s words to me be today if he returned?

So my challenge for us all today is to think of practical ways that this can be applied in our lives – even as early as this coming week.  What are ways that we can follow this instruction in Matthew 25 and elsewhere?  What does it look like in everyday life?  Lets offer some advice and suggestion to each other so that we can be ready and prepared to act when the opportunity arises.

Matthew 25:46 – These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.

For a corresponding sermon, click here.

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by agisusiaFef on December 31, 2008 at 6:54 am

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