I was really challenged by something I read in the Bible. I actually read it about a week ago and it is still bouncing around in my mind. I even turned to it for the devotional I had to share with our ministerial. It’s Matthew 25: 31-46. Here it is:
The Sheep and the Goats
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 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, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
I was greatly challenged.
My evangelical church tradition has been all about “preach the gospel”. Everything has been about making sure we “tell” people the gospel message. And yes, I have read this passage before, but it really caught my attention this time, because there is no mention of preaching the gospel or saying the “sinners prayer”. This specific passage says that if we do not “visit those in prison” or “give the thirsty something to drink”, etc, “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”(Matthew 25: 41.
In my ponderings, I did think of the lady that a few of us men from the church helped last Saturday. We helped haul loads of garbage and brush from her yard to the dump. So maybe I have done something in the theme of Matthew 25.
But I’ll have to think on this some more. How can I make this real and practical actions a reality in my daily life??
Just wondering – and feeling challenged.