In Matthew 25:31-46 we find “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on His glorious throne. Before Him will be gathered all the nations, and He will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And He will place the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.”
The passage then continues to explain how it was determined as to whether or not the people were sheep or goats. Both sets of people ask a question “Lord, when did we see you…?” The reply from the King to the sheep was, “Truly I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these My brothers, you did it to Me.” The reply from the King to the goats was, “Truly, I say to you as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.” The sheep on the right will hear the King say “Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” However, the goats on the left will hear the Lord say, “Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” What we believe and who we are will be revealed by the way we live – how we serve.
The service done in this parable is the effect of salvation; it has nothing to do with salvation since salvation is “the free gift of God” and is given by grace alone. When transformation takes place, we become more like Christ and the fruit of the Spirit which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control are evident in our lives. Our service reflects these traits within us to the world around us giving honor and glory to God.
Today in Prayer
- Ask God for courage to do ALL that He is asking you to do; whether it is uncomfortable or “easy”
- Pray for clear vision to see everywhere God is calling you to serve
The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?” But the good Samaritan reversed the question: “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”
Martin Luther King