October 3: No Hesitations

Read Matthew 25:31-46

Even though the justice we are studying in our current series is illustrated well in this passage, I was reluctant to include it. I know that may seem odd, but let me explain my hesitation. Actually, you may have noted it yourself. It has everything to do with the timing of this sheep/goat judgment. Did you see when this will take place?

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory . . .” (v. 31a).

The “coming” of Christ described here is not depicting the rapture when He comes in the air to gather His followers. No, this passage describes an event roughly seven years later when He will come to the earth and all people from all nations from the time of the Tribulation will be gathered to Him for judgment. This judgment will assess genuine faith in terms of how those alive during the Tribulation have responded to the needs of “the least of these brothers and sisters of mine” (likely a reference to the Jews of that day). In short, followers of Jesus like you (if you know Him) and me will not experience the judgment depicted here.

In spite of my hesitations, I obviously chose to include the reading. Why is that? Because the verses provide more than an opportunity to talk about prophetic milestones. They also illustrate the kind of actions that God desires of His children now, will desire in the future, and has desired in days gone by. He wants His people to have the good and the needs of others in mind. He wants us to recognize the least, the last, and the lost. He wants us to see what others cannot do for themselves and ask ourselves if we are able to help. He is concerned for the hungry, the thirsty, the lonely, the exposed, the sick, the imprisoned.

And somehow, by equipping such people in their need rather than enabling them to be irresponsible, He wants His people to bless others.

Is there someone you can do that for today? Do it the way you would do it for Jesus Himself. Do it without hesitation.


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