Jesus “will separate the people from one another as a shepherd separates the sheep from
the goats,” (Matthew 25:32).
As we have heard before, a common agreement about sheep is that they are followers…they are willingly led. True as well, is the frequently quoted “obstinate goats.”
If we were to expound on this metaphor, we could say the distinction is made between those that follow Jesus and those who choose to go their own way. Neither group understood Jesus when He explained how it was that each ended up in their particular position.
But the judgment is clear: The expression of our love for Jesus (or lack thereof) is made manifest in our actions toward others, “I was hungry and you fed me, I was a stranger and you welcomed me…” Alternatively, “whatever you did NOT do for the least of these, you did not do for me.”
A picture from the Lord:
Jesus divided the groups into two categories: not because of their physical traits (although there is a clear distinction there), nor as a result of status among them. Rather, He placed them as either followers or not…believers or nonbelievers. As I began to pray for our city the Lord challenged me, “All around you are the lost, but you see them as shopkeepers, doctors, volunteers, teachers…LOOK AGAIN!” So I did- I noted then that so many carried a placard around their necks that read in large, black letters, “LOST.” The Lord said, “You need to see them as I see them.”
As we move on to Matthew 5:13-16 we read:
“You are the salt of the earth… and the light of the world.” Salt purifies, softens and preserves. Light, as I know only too well from treading up a very dark trail on some mornings, exposes and gives comfort. We are called to give comfort to those in need, to reach the lost by exposing our love for God through our good deeds, that our Father in heaven would be glorified.
How do you see those in this city, with whom you come into frequent contact? Do you distinguish people by title or occupation? By their status, or perhaps by how they look? Jesus looks at the true self and notes… “Their hearts are far from me.” Let us pray and ask the Lord to give us eyes to see others as He sees them- lost and broken, in need of a savior. For who among us is anything without Jesus?
- Rina Carbol