Sheep and Goats

Sheep and Goats

31 “But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. 32 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; 33 and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.

34 “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. 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 naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to 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 And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 39 When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’40 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.’

41 “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; 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; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.’ 44 Then they themselves also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not [a]take care of You?’ 45 Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 46 These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry when I see people declare who is and isn’t a Christian based on whether the other person believes the exact same things as the first (even though both declare a love for Jesus). I say this with all sincerity…please get over yourself!

For the record, I say the same thing to myself daily. “Christians” in the Bible never called themselves that. Others did because they saw how the believers lived and said, ‘they look like Christ! (Christian = “little Christs”) Also, that label was meant to be derogatory. What am I? Those around me will tell me what I am. Jesus has changed my life and I believe it is worth it to follow him and his ways. Not a jesus-like figure that looks, acts, votes, and believes the way I want, but the Jesus that came into a world full of hate and division and loved everyone, most especially the “least of these”.

Solomon declared that “everything is meaningless.” I believe he meant that every pursuit, when it is done with the motivation to gain or avoid something, is meaningless. Tomorrow is meaningless because it is not here yet, and I am not promised it. Yesterday is meaningless because it has already happened and I can’t change or rest on what happened. What is meaningful is TODAY. I strive to make each day meaningful before it becomes meaningless. Regardless of who you are or what you believe, I think we can all strive for, commit to, and accomplish this. If and when we do, Jesus will be seen.

Those who scream the loudest about how strong their faith is are typically the ones who are the most insecure. Instead of taking time to understand and learn, they dig their feet in under the guise of “not compromising.” Those who complain about “snowflakes,” take offense at everyone else’s offense. How is that strength? It’s fear, not strength. If my faith is truly that strong, I don’t really care what others say, do, or think. The louder we scream, the louder others scream. How you can you truly hear the voice of God amidst all the screaming? God is not in the thunder, or the earthquake, or the strong wind. He’s the whisper; the still small voice. Nobody convinced me to follow Jesus except Jesus himself. My goal is not to convince others to follow Jesus, but to simply follow him, because I believe He is worthy of it. He’ll take care of everything else. I want you to know Jesus the way I do because he has absolutely changed my life. There are many ways to Jesus and I trust that wherever you are on that road, he will eventually show you how much he loves and adores you. Because he does.

If you feel the need to declare who is “in” and who is “out”, you might want to take another look around and reevaluate what side of the fence you’re on.

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