“All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left.” Matt 25:32-33
Years ago, I missed a Sunday worship service. The next time I saw our pastor, I explained that having a yard sale on Saturday exhausted me, and I really needed to sleep in the next day. His response was, “It’s an excuse, Joan, but not a very good one.”
None of us likes to be judged and found wanting. We convince ourselves there is a good reason for the sinful things we do, and for the good things we neglect doing. At the final judgment, however, there will be no excuses. Our deeds will speak for themselves.
The interesting thing is that both the sheep and the goats deny that their actions were premeditated. The sheep do not want special credit, and the goats do not accept blame. So what is the difference between them? The difference is the sheep belong to the shepherd. Their loving behavior flows naturally out of knowing Him.
Dear Lord, I am so thankful be one of your sheep. Amen.
Ezekiel 34:11-16 Psalm 91 Hebrews 13:20-21