“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 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. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
“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. 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, 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.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“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.’
“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. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 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.’
“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?’
“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.’
“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
- Matthew 25:31-46
“It is good to come to the understanding that while God wants us to be holy and Spirit-filled, He does not expect us to look like Abraham or play the harp like David or to have the same spiritual insight given to Paul.”
“All of those former heroes of the faith are dead. You are alive in your generation. A Bible proverb says that it is better to be a living dog than a dead lion. You may wish to be Abraham or Isaac or Jacob, but remember that they have been asleep for long centuries, and you are still around! You can witness for the Lord today. You can still pray. You can still give of your substance to help those in need. You can still encourage the depressed.”
“I hope that you have not missed something good from God’s hand because you felt you did not measure up to Gideon or Isaiah. In this your generation, give God all of your attention! Give Him all of your love! Give Him all of your devotion and faithful service! You do not know what holy, happy secret God may whisper to your responsive ear.”
- A. W. Tozer, Jesus, Author of Our Faith
In these days of Advent as we look back to Jesus’ first coming and anticipate His return, remember that He talked about His return a few times. In the story of the sheep and the goats, Jesus talks about Judgment day. His measurement stick has only one factor in these verses, doing something for someone who is less fortunate. He told Nicodemus that you had to believe (or possibly more accurately translated as trust or have confidence in).
While we must keep our eyes upon Jesus, and trust in Him, we must also spread the word about how Jesus came, dies and rose again for all who will believe and call upon His name. If we have excess, we must give of that excess to the needy to further God’s kingdom on this earth. Of what do we have excess? My wife and I recently gave away four large trash bags of clothing to a veteran’s organization. Some of the items had never been worn. I don’t plan to go back to full time employment. Do I need thirty dress shirts? No. A few for church are fine.
Maybe you have a budget that is in the black each year. Can you increase your giving to the church?
Do you have spare time? Can you volunteer for the food bank or soup kitchen? What am I saying? The volunteers at those places sacrifice needed rest to work longer, harder hours. They don’t have time to spare. They just do it.
Or maybe your gift is to write a blog so that people around the world can hear that the message of the love of God is still being shared.
Can I take a moment to thank all of the bloggers who read my blog and share their blogs? We all do what we can. May God guide us all.
None of these little things sound like something heroic, but A. W. Tozer was referring to the heroes of faith, and a Medal of Honor recipient once said that a hero was the guy that was so scared, he ran in the wrong direction.
So, today’s your chance. Help one of the least of these… Be a hero for Jesus, and listen for the secret that God will whisper in your waiting ear.