Have you ever wondered about God's standard of judgment? Jesus outlines precisely what is expected from those who hope to share in God's heavenly realm, and he does it by telling a parable about the final judgment.
Jesus provides for his listeners the scenario of a choice between two ways, two choices, two paths; the right and the left; the sheep and the goats; the obedient followers and the pretending believers. Jesus informs his followers what will separate them from permanently living with or without the king’s presence:
1) The faithful, he says, will view everyone as a sister or brother in Christ, and will respond with a desire to care for all of God’s children.
2) The un-faithful, he says, will keep to themselves and cling to what they have, remaining a safe distance from the work that needs to be done.
It’s not easy to accept a parable about the King’s judgment like the one in Matthew 25:31-46, but it is necessary, though, for us to understand the broad truth of its meaning. The lesson I want you to remember is this: God’s judgment does not depend on the knowledge we have amassed, the fame we have acquired, or the fortune that we have gained, but on the help we have freely given.
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