Sheep or Goat?

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 you 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 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 prisoners.

BE A SHEEP

Why Did Jesus Come?

Talk about missing the point.

One day, Jesus’ disciples got into an argument about which one of them was the greatest. Jesus called them together and gave them a little wake-up call. He said: “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.” (Mark 9:33-35)

Apparently, it didn’t sink in. Not long after that, they got into another argument about who would get to sit closest to Jesus in Heaven. Jesus called them together again and said: “whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.” Then he added this kicker: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 9:35-45)

Jesus turned the world on its head. Want to be first? Be last. Want to be great? Be a servant.

SERVE!