Pray – (1/2 minute)
Read – (3 minutes) “When the Son of Many comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, He will sit on His throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate the people one from another as shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.” (Matthew 25:31-32)
Passage: James 2:14-24
It is an incredible scene. It is also a sobering scene. Jesus describes a separation that will take place when God gathers all the people of the world before Him. Jesus doesn’t describe people in terms of sheep and wolves. The wolves would try to eat the sheep. He describes them as sheep and goats. Two animal groups that can live in the same pasture and actually get along. The sheep are those who have a personal relationship with God through faith. The goats are those without a personal relationship with God even though they may think they are okay because they are religious or good in their own eyes.
Between the two, there may not be that much distinction as far as each can tell, but Jesus says that He can tell. One way He can tell is by the actions they did or did not do to meet individual needs of others. While nothing we do merits God’s favor, the acts of compassion we do reflect our relationship with Christ. Simple acts of kindness are a good indicator that Jesus is real in you.
Apply – (2 minutes)
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