Morning Message of Motivation
Gifts and Callings: 41
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi
Christ described one of the future judgments, in which the sheep will be separated from the goats.
Matthew 25:31-32 NKJV
“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.”
Some bible scholars believe this judgment, is a judgment of the Gentile nations in regard to their attitude towards Israel during the future “Great Tribulation.”
However, apart from the eschatological interpretation, we can also learn a couple of lessons from the literal meaning of Christ’s words.
•The “goats” on the Lord’s left hand were cursed because of a lack of understanding of a divine principle.
They were not really wicked people, as such.
Matthew 25:41 NKJV
“Then He will also say to those on the left hand, Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:”
The Lord will accuse the “goats” on His left hand of failing to minister to Him when He was in desperate need.
Matthew 25:42-43 NKJV
“for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’”
The “goats” protested vehemently. They said they had never seen the Lord in need. If they had ever seen Him in need, they would have come to His aid.
They were willing to help great people like the Lord, but could not be bothered by poor, ordinary folks. They didn’t know that the Lord places great value on ordinary, poor people.
Matthew 25:45 NKJV
“Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’”
Indeed, the Lord identifies Himself with the downtrodden in society. Most lords identify and associate themselves with other lords, but our Lord Jesus does the opposite.
May you discern and identify the people that God loves. May you have the grace to treat people with the same care that God has for them, in Jesus’s name.