Read: Matthew 25:31-46
Jesus will return in glory to judge the nations, we cannot afford to be indifferent.
Jesus uses the parable of sheep and goats to explain His return in glory. When He does, He will separate all those on earth as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. The sheep on His right-hand side are blessed by God the Father and given an inheritance based on what they have done (Matthew 25:35-40). While the goats on the left-hand side are cursed with eternal hellfire and sent away to eternal punishment (Matthew 25:41-46). The good works mentioned in the parable are not the cause of salvation but rather the effect of salvation.
The fault of those cursed was not some moral violation, but rather their indifference – indifference to Jesus and His followers. It was their indifference that sealed their fate. The cost of indifference is very high. We cannot afford to be indifferent to Jesus’s imminent return nor the Holy Spirit who makes us ready for His return. We cannot afford to be indifferent to the resources God has given us or to the needs of those around us. Most importantly, we cannot afford to be indifferent to the lost humanity that will stand in judgment.
“The ‘guilt’ of the cursed arises not so much from doing wrong things as from failure to do right…to do nothing is seen as the road to condemnation” (France). So, the question is – when I needed a neighbor were you there?
- Are you prioritizing your preparation for Jesus’ imminent return? How can you inspire others to do the same?
- Would you ask God to help you be an encouragement to a friend or family member to stay accountable?
- Are you someone who is rather indifferent to Jesus’ return and His people? What do you think are some reasons? Is there someone you can reach out to talk to about this?