The Lord of Glory Returns: The High Cost of Indifference

Published on Apr 2, 2024
Category: Behold!

Read: Matthew 25:31-46

When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

Matthew 25:31-33

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’ imminent return nor the Holy Spirit who prepares us for His return. We cannot afford to be indifferent to the resources God has given us or the needs of those around us. Most importantly, we cannot afford to be indifferent to the lost humanity that will stand in judgment.

So, the question is when I needed a neighbor were you there?

How are you intentionally preparing for Jesus’ imminent return? Or are you rather indifferent? What do you think are some reasons? In what practical ways are being there for a neighbor in need?


Lord, protect my heart from indifference and give me a heart that is passionate about you and the needs of those around me. Amen.

Scripture Writing: Galatians 6:9

Song: When I needed a Neighbour Were You There ?


Preethi Alice Jacob

Preethi Jacob is the author of the yearlong devotional At the Potter’s Wheel, Day by Day. Her journey includes teaching a Bible Study Fellowship class, teaching and leading the Sunday School ministry in her church, leading Bible studies, besides counselling young women. She serves on the Global Mission Team of the United Bible Societies and lives in Bangalore, India with her husband and two young adult children.

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