“Serving for the Right Reason”
Jesus is still talking to the disciples about what will happen before He returns again.
He talks about “works” people and” people of faith.”
Please read the following verses, and see if you can decide which is which.
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory.
32 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.
33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.
35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,
36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink,
43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45 “He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
I realize that it isn’t difficult to find the difference between the sheep and the goats.
The goats are the “works people”. They are appalled at the idea that they might not help the Lord since they were serving all the important people, people who might give them credit for serving, perhaps even paying them. They say (in my words) Lord, if indeed you were out there we would have served you. They feel that Jesus has some nerve saying they would have missed serving them.
Meanwhile, you have the sheep, the ones who are serving other people because they have been convicted by the Holy Spirit to do so. They are amazed, that they served the Lord. They weren’t worried about getting credit for what they were doing, they were serving Christ for His glory.
As believers, we are all called to do the works of Christ.
We are to be the hands, feet, and tongues of Christ.
I pray that indeed, you are serving the Lord God. If you are, you are serving for the right reason.