In my life, there is no parable that has gripped my heart–like this parable. In short, God separates people into two groups, (Sheep and Goats). The sheep are the people that God has prepared for his kingdom and the goats are the folks that He has no place for. It is a sobering thought, but God does not allow everyone into His kingdom. What is more sobering, is the determining factors for entrance. First, it truly is a matter of the heart. The sheep were the folks that acted like God acted–they fed the hungry, satisfied the thirsty, welcomed the stranger, clothed the needy, cared for the sick and even visited the prisoners. Their’s was an active faith based upon a selfless desire to be like the Father.
Conversely, the goats did none of that. They may have been to church every week, they may have not committed any “bad sins”…They may have known all the right phrases–but, in the end, their faith did not show up as they dealt with the people in the world. Jesus was clear, as His own, we are to be reaching out to those in need. The needs vary, as do our gifts–but at days end, we are to be the ones who show God’s love to those in the world that need it. It is truly what sets us apart. The phrase that should be our motto–“As you have done to the least of these–you have done to God!
God cares most for the least of these. God gives most to the least of these. The least of these are the ones that He has a special VIP section for. As such, we need to treat the least of these like the best of us. Our church attendance, our religious talk, our conservative lives are important, however, what God sees as critical, is that we live selfless lives–that touch the least of these–God’s VIP’s.
God Bless You!
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.”