Sheep and Goats

Read

Philippians 2:3-4 (NLT)
3Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

Reflect

In Matthew 25:33-46, Jesus tells the story of the sheep and the goats. It’s about Judgment Day, when all people will be separated into two groups.

To the first group, he will say: Come with me. You have done well. When you saw me hungry, you gave me something to eat. When you saw me without clothes, you gave me something to wear. You cared for me when I was sick and visited with me when I was lonely.

The people in the first group will be confused because they have never seen Jesus in such poor conditions. But he will tell them: Whenever you cared for one of your brothers or sisters, neighbors or strangers in need, you cared for me.

To the second group, he will say: Get away from me. When you saw me in need, you neglected me.

The second group will also be confused, wondering when they ever saw Jesus in need. And he will tell them: Whenever you did not care for one of your brothers or sisters, neighbors or strangers in need, you did not care for me.

Respond

Jesus considers your treatment of others equivalent to your treatment of him. Think about that as you interact with those around you each day.

Relate

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