there’s more to it than “not sinning”Posted: July 26, 2011
Matthew 25:41- 46
“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. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 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.’
“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?’
“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
I was raised in church. I read these verses so many times. I’ve heard so many sermons about Matthew 25!! But tonight I saw these verses in a new light. What made me look at these verses tonight? Every week we have a student present a Bible study on God’s heart for justice. This week we read several passages, but this part of Matthew 25 really stuck out to me! ( PS- thank you Brenda, and yes you got an A)
How did Jesus define the righteous here? Were they the ones that go to church every week? The ones that worship for hours a day? Nope. The righteous are the ones that fed the hungry, that were kind to the stranger, gave clothes to the naked and visited those in prison – the ones that lived to bring God’s kingdom to the world.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that humanitarian acts are enough to “go to heaven”. I’m saying that part of relationship with Jesus is seeing opportunities to bring his kingdom to this earth – and doing it. It’s not just about “not sinning”.
Ok – side note. I hadn’t updated in a while, so heres a picture, in case you forgot what I look like and what I’m doing. Its me with the Children at Risk School Staff. We are working together to help the Children at Risk School Students understand God’s heart for justice, and how it applies to our lives.