GOATS vs SHEEP

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THE FINAL JUDGMENT

Matthew 25:31-46

“But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit upon His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered in His presence, and He will separate the people as a shepherd separates the SHEEP from the GOATS. He will place the sheep at His right hand and the goats at His left. Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’

Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visited you?’

And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’

Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons. For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink. I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’

Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison; and not help you?’

And He will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’

“And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.”

DO THE RIGHT THING! And SPREAD LOVE!!!

I know there’s times when you see homeless people in the street panhandling, and begging for money, and sometimes it’s easier for a lot of us to just simply ignore them and continue on about our business. This is an appropriate time to question yourself, though…

“What Would JESUS Do?”

Ultimately, we all want to make it through those “pearly gates” (Revelation 21:21). And in order to get there…YOU MUST SHOW LOVE! And in order for you to show Love – it MUST dwell within you. Paul the apostle wrote in his epistle (his letter) to the Corinthian church that

“Three things [you should] abide by; and [indeed does] last forever – FAITH, HOPE, and LOVE; BUT THE GREATEST OF THESE IS LOVE!!!” (1 Corinthians 13:13)

It’s more than obvious that in order for you to believe in God and His Son, it’s a MUST that you have FAITH. Accepting Christ as your Lord and Savior is one of the very first steps to receiving Salvation – in addition to the repentance of sins. So, the importance of the neccessity of FAITH is very clear!

HOPE is defined as CONFIDENT TRUST! This is a corequisite to FAITH. They both go hand in hand. Faith begets Hope!

So heading back to the scripture. These 2 things – in addition to LOVE is imperative for you to have. Yet, LOVE is the greatest of them all! The Love of God is what saves! “For God so LOVED the world that He gave His only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

So if it’s known, clear as day, that without FAITH in Christ and Hope that the things He says will come to pass, it is impossible for your soul to even be in arm’s reach of Heaven; it should also be beyond clear that you won’t make it without showing your brethren LOVE.

“For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should LOVE one another.” (1 John 3:11) 

Jesus Himself said:

“…do unto others as you would like them to do unto you. If you Love only those who Love you, why should you get credit for that? Even sinners Love those who Love them! And if you do good only to those who do good to you, why should you get credit? Even sinners do that much! And if you lend money to only those who can repay you, why should you get credit? Even sinners will lend to other sinners for a full return. LOVE YOUR ENEMIES! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from Heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for He is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked. You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.” (Luke 6:31-36)

Christian hip-hop artist and writer, Sho Baraka said

“people too busy READING the Bible and not BEING the Bible.”

And my Pastor, Bishop Beckles of  The United Holiness Church of Faith in Christ, always says

“…let your light shine because the world isn’t watching the Bible, they’re watching us.”

So are you a SHEEP?

Or are you a GOAT???

Always be mindful of the level of priority to produce the 9-fold fruit of the Spirit, which is

“LOVE, JOY, PEACE, LONGSUFFERING, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, and SELF-CONTROL.” (Galatians 5:22-23)

“If I gave EVERTHING I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t LOVE OTHERS, I would have gained NOTHING.”  (1 Corinthians 13:3)

Written By::: Michelle Phipps

  

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