Sheep or Goat?

It’s SHEEPISHNESS WEEK here on GUWG, where all week long we’re looking at sheep-ish verses from the Bible.

Here’s a question for us all to consider today:

Are you a sheep or a goat?

Believe it or not, that’s a question with eternal implications.

When Jesus returns, he’ll “separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.” (Matthew 25:32)

Here’s what he’ll say to the sheep:

Come you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 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, 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. (Matthew 25:34-36)

The sheep are confused. They ask:

Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and  clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you? (Matthew 25:37-39)

Jesus’ reply:

I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. (Matthew 25:40)

I don’t know about you, but I find that plenty motivating. Need more? Here’s what Jesus says to the goats:

Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 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. (Matthew 25:41-43)

The goats are confused, too. They ask:

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? (Matthew 25:44)

Jesus’ reply:

I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me. (Matthew 25:45)

What do the goats get? Eternal punishment. The sheep? Eternal life. Sounds like a pretty clear choice.

Want to serve Jesus? Feed the hungry. Take in strangers. Clothe the needy. Care for the sick. Visit the imprisoned.

BE A SHEEP

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