Separating the Sheep from the Goats
Daily Bible Reading – Matthew 23-25
Today’s Key Passage – Matthew 25:31-46
What would you do if Jesus showed up at your door today? What if He rang your doorbell, and told you that He was hungry and thirsty? What if He said He needed some clothes to wear or a place to stay? Would you invite Him in? As followers of Christ, this should be a pretty easy “Yes” for most of us. If our Lord and Savior Himself came to us asking for help, most of us would go out of our way to help Him in any way that we can, but helping Jesus is the easy part. This is no different than being nice to people who are nice to us. The Bible tells us, though, that we should not just love our friends but our enemies also. That is the harder part and the more important part. Just as we should love our enemies, we must help those in need. We know, Biblically speaking, that Jesus is not going to show up at our door because the next time He comes it will be in glory for the final judgment. This parable tells us that how we react to needy people in general is how we would act towards Jesus Himself. Are we inviting them in? Are we giving them food, drink, and clothing? Are we taking care of those in need?
Some people debate over what Jesus meant in this story when He said, “these brothers and sisters of mine”. Some people argue Jesus was referring to Jewish people. Others think He was talking about Christians in general. Still others think He was talking about all people everywhere who are in need. I think the argument of whom he was talking about is not nearly as important as what he was telling us to do. What if we just assumed He meant all people everywhere who are in need? What if we decided today to treat every person we encountered on a daily basis as if he were Jesus Christ Himself? How much differently would we start to live? What kind of changes would happen in our world if we began viewing every person we met in this way? Would we not become more generous? Would we not become more loving? Would we not become more like Jesus Himself through our actions, which is the whole point of Christianity? Today, let us all vow to treat everyone we encounter as if he were Jesus, and see what happens. I promise we will all like the results…
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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