…. they were unschooled, ordinary men …. they had been with Jesus …. the crippled man healed standing with them – Acts 4:13,14

What Jesus’ sheep and goats parable mean? the final judgment, the final exam

What does this parable mean?
What is Jesus looking for?

Its not been easy writing this blogpost, … but over the last few weeks instances of this Gospel parable keeps appearing.
This parable is simple, … yet not easy to live it.
As I write, I’m convicted & prayerful of my own shortcomings and lack of kindness, compassion … and love.
Lord, have mercy on me, help me.

Some background first.
We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus’ blood, death and resurrection.  We are also saved unto good works.

Ephesians 2:8-10 (NKJV)
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

Luke 23:33, 40-43 (NLT)
33 When they came to a place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross. And the criminals were also crucified—one on his right and one on his left.

41 “We deserve to die for our crimes, but this man hasn’t done anything wrong.”
42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.”
43 And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

At the end of the age, all believers will face an exam,
… a final judgment by the righteous and just Judge.

Our christian life culminates into this one moment.
Thankfully, the exam question is given in advance.

In the great wisdom of the Lord,
its a fair exam such that,
… Bible scholars will find it tough and challenging,
and yet
… easy enough for children to pass with flying colors,

Thankfully, its not a test of knowledge 🙂
… else only those who have studied hard or smart would make it to heaven;

Thankfully, those without an opportunity for an education can score well too :-).

Matthew 25:35-40 (NIV)
31 “But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; 33 and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation 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 naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to 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 And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 39 When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’

        (Matthew 25:41-46 continues with Jesus’ words to the goats)

46 “… but the righteous to eternal life.”

Interestingly, no matter which translation we read, the parable of the sheep & goats always means the same thing … (no shortcuts, no escape, no quick formulas)

The Lord’s focus is on,

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 naked, and you clothed Me;
I was sick, and you visited Me;
I was in prison, and you came to Me.’

‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’

Acts of kindness, compassion, hospitality
… humbly serving another person in a practical way,
kindness that builds bridges of relationship
& community

Hence, the focus is the second commandment,
“Love your neighbor as yourself”,
which is an expression of the first commandment,
… for if we don’t love people we can see,
how can we love God,
whom we cannot see? (1 John 4:10 NLT)

(see also Mark 12:28-34)

Hence, … What is important is faith expressing itself in love. (Galatians 5:6)

… the fruit of the Spirit is love, … kindness … (Galatians 5:22 NKJV)

… love is kind … (1 Corinthains 13:4 NIV)

 Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!
Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself.
Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in your own bodies.

(Hebrews 13:2, 3 NLT)

Compassion in action … like Jesus.

Compassion …  as if you were there yourself
.. as if you felt their pain in yourself

When Jesus miraculously fed the hungry four thousand, He said, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And if I send them away hungry to their own houses, they will faint on the way; for some of them have come from afar.”  Matthew 8:2,3 (NKJV)

To love another person is to see the face of God.”
― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables


The Lord calls the sheep who serve others in need as righteous.
    37 Then the righteous will answer Him …

Hence, righteousness is doing good to others, our neighbors,
serving others as unto Jesus,
not just avoiding wrongdoing, evil or
doing nothing bad unto others.

The difference between the sheep and goats is the compassion in action the sheep did, while the goats did not. (Matthew 25:40,45)

Interestingly, … Jesus did not say
    For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat, .. and I became a Christian
    I was sick, and you visited Me, .. and I was healed by prayer

Hence, it’s not focused on the outcome or result or testimony or response, KPI at all,
just simply faithfully … serving others, … blessing others, … quietly, humbly
not expecting anything in return.

He also did not say,
    For I was hungry, .. and you shared the gospel with me
    I was thirsty, .. and you gave me a gospel tract
    For I was hungry, .. and you shared a Bible passage
    I was thirsty, .. and you invited me to church  

I was hungry, I was thirsty, I was a stranger, naked, I was sick, I was in prison
are physical and emotional needs,
not spiritual needs.
Jesus is practical, & down-to-earth.

Sharing whatever we have, … little or much,
with what the Lord has blessed us.

… you gave Me something to eatoffercup
… you gave Me something to drink;
… you invited Me in;
community, shelter, refreshment, … hospitality

… you clothed Me
honoring others with dignity, respect (eg Luke 15:22)

… you visited Me;
… you came to Me.
being present, bringing His presence,
comfort, support, care, touch etc.
reach out, going the extra mile

Galatians 5:14 (NIV)
For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command:
“Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Giving, and being there, supporting someone in need.
Serving their immediate physical and emotional needs.
The gift of our time & hospitality.

Jesus also rephrased the second commandment,
“Love your neighbor as yourself”,
“Do to others as you would have them do to you.” (Luke 6:31 NIV)
“Here is a simple rule of thumb for behavior:
Ask yourself what you want people to do for you;
then grab the initiative and do it for them! (Luke 6:31 MSG)
which is a tangible expresssion of the first commandment,
… for if we don’t love people we can see,
how can we love God,
whom we cannot see? (1 John 4:10 NLT)

goes against the conventional wisdom of  ‘what is in for me (WIIFM)’, reciprocation, obligation, maximised benefit/goodwill/potential, cost benefit analysis, etc …
algorithms, mindset.

The parable of the sheep and the goats challenges us in living out His commandment, “Love your neighbor as yourself”,  in our everyday lives through simple, practical, everyday   acts of mercy, generosity and compassion.

“You can give without loving,
but you can never love without giving.
The great acts of love are done by those who are habitually performing small acts of kindness.
We pardon to the extent that we love.”
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

Imagine for a moment, …
when one is suffering,
which would one prefer ?

A text, instagram, email, newsfeed,
a couriered gift/flowers,

a hug, a warm touch, an understanding look,
a shared silent moment, a shoulder to cry on,
a helping hand ?

A cup of water?

Once, a missionary received this response in a rough & tough neighborhood,
I’m too hungry … to hear your good news.”
As she went along in her ministry … she also found she had to address
“How can one understand God’s love … if they have not been loved before?”
“How can one understand the Father’s love … if their earthly father was not loving?”

“You say, Jesus love me? … what has that got to do with me?”

sometimes, in our busy lives,
… people near us, close to us,
silently fade into the background of our busy digital world of transient messages, viral images, and digital emoticons ( 🙂 :-> :p 😦  )

… fast, convenient mouse-clicks & finger-swipes,
snapshots, convenient credit card/SMS donations,
instant digital substitutes,
these become our touchpoints of compassion, empathy,
… hushing our conscience … to get personally involved,
I know, … I’ve been guilty.

This is how God showed his love among us:
He sent his one and only Son into the world
that we might live through him.
1 John 4:9 (NIV)

God’s love real & personal, … Jesus came to us, .. in person

In 2 Timothy, writing from prison, Paul commended his friend,
Onesiphorus who searched everywhere,
every prison until he found Paul,
in Rome, in prison … ‘he often visited and encouraged me
in Ephesus … ‘you know very well how helpful he was
‘He was never ashamed of me because I was in chains’
For Onesiphorus, no matter what, .. Paul is his brother in Christ, .. family.

2 Timothy 1:16-18 (NLT)
16 May the Lord show special kindness to Onesiphorus and all his family because he often visited and encouraged me. He was never ashamed of me because I was in chains. 17 When he came to Rome, he searched everywhere until he found me. 18 May the Lord show him special kindness on the day of Christ’s return. And you know very well how helpful he was in Ephesus.

In another letter Paul commends his friend, Philemon,

Philemon 7 (NLT)
Your love has given me much joy and comfort, my brother,
for your kindness has often refreshed the hearts of God’s people.

The angel said to Cornelius the Centurion,
 “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a
memorial offering before God.”

Acts 10:4 (NIV)
Cornelius family and friends were the first Gentiles to receive the Holy Spirit after Jesus resurrection.

Another example in Acts, Tabitha who was raised from the dead,
36 Now in Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which translated in Greek is called Dorcas);
this woman was abounding with deeds of kindness and charity which she continually did.
39 … and all the widows stood beside him
(Peter), … showing all the tunics and garments that Dorcas used to make while she was with them.
Acts 9:36, 39 (NASB)

Jesus said,
“you did it to Me”
serving others =  serving Jesus

you did it to Me,
Pause …… a moment …
… seeing Jesus
in …
a friend, … or a stranger … someone in need ?

having an attitude of serving/blessing others as unto Jesus,
giving our best.

… for if we don’t love people we can see,
how can we love God, whom we cannot see? (1 John 4:10 NLT)

Hence, the first commandment and the second command are practical, complementary and related
the extent we love God is demonstrated by our love for others,
as Jesus said,‘… to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them,
you did it to Me.’

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthains 13:13 (NIV)

‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it
to one of these brothers of Mine,
even the least of them,
you did it to Me’

“Jesus does not only care for the poor and call us to do the same,
but in a mysterious way He is also actually present in the poor.”

— Noel Castellanos

Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You …. ?

The sheep were unassuming, … not even conscious or aware that they had blessed Jesus,
by instinctively going the extra mile for someone in need.
For the sheep, … its a  lifestyle
… a way of life

spontaneous, .. unconscious, .. unassuming,
anytime, anywhere

Even though no one noticed their kindness
… Jesus did !

The sheep saw with their eyes, their minds
and their hearts,
and like Jesus they were moved by compassion & acted (Matthew 9:36, 14:14)

Sheep who follow their Shepherd.

These acts of kindness that Jesus mentions do not require special qualifications in ministry, or special training, or a ministry gift, or a gift of the Spirit, gift of mercy, or a calling, … or know the Bible cover to cover …  to carry out.

Its a matter of … our heart,
a caring heart … compassion, kindness, humility

Jesus said,
I was … I was …I was … 

The focus is on what they need

… not what we think or feel they need.
Sadly, sometimes our helping hurts others, because we presumed.
We forgot to find out what they really need, and how we can collaboratively help.

The focus is not on sending others, or sending money,
or easy automatic credit/debit card monthly donations,

but sending ourselves
to practically & personally serve another in need, in person.

Not overseas or somewhere remote in ‘Christian service‘, ‘missions‘,
but right where we are,
in our ordinary everyday lives.

Helping someone feel good, … putting others first,
rather than we ourselves feel good
(i.e. we have done a good deed, or satisfy our conscience, or played our part.)

And … the cost?
As little & simple as serving a cup of water, (a child can do that)
or sharing a meal,
or a visit,
sharing what we have.

Serving someone thirsty a cup of water with a servant attitude
is not spectacular,
or something to testify about,
or a huge sacrifice,
… but,
this pleases God,
& this is what Jesus requires of us, his humble servants

We can do no great things,
only small things with great love
– Mother Teresa

For anyone who’s in need, … thirsty, hungry, alone,
each helping hand one receives
is memorable
… a precious, cherished & satisfying, warm moment of grace
from a friend, or stranger who cares.
For a brief moment in time … Jesus becomes real,
God’s love becomes tangible

Psalm 37:21,26 (NKJV)
21 The wicked borrows and does not repay,
But the righteous shows mercy and gives.
26 He is ever merciful, and lends;
And his descendants are blessed.

John the Baptist said something similar,

Luke 3:10,11
And the crowds were questioning him, saying, “Then what shall we do?”
11 And he would answer and say to them,
“The man who has two tunics is to share with him who has none; and he who has food is to do likewise.”

James paraphrased the parable of the sheep and goats as:

James 2:15-17 (NKJV)
15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food,
16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,”
but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?
17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

17Isn’t it obvious that God-talk
without God-acts
is outrageous nonsense? (MSG)

Consider a scenario described by James,

James 2:2-4 (MSG)
If a man enters your church wearing an expensive suit, and a street person wearing rags comes in right after him, and you say to the man in the suit, “Sit here, sir; this is the best seat in the house!” and either ignore the street person or say, “Better sit here in the back row,”  …

Jesus said,
“For I was … I was … I was … 
… you did it to Me”

What if Jesus unexpectedly came into our midst wearing rags
… what would we say,
what would we do … for Him?

… even the least of them, you did it to Me

Who are the least?

Anyone, … favoring neither the least nor the greatest,
without discrimination or prejudice (see James 2:2-4).
Anyone in need
… a child, … the overlooked, forgotten, shunned,
… even our rivals, … our enemies,
hoping for nothing in return.

In serving the least, having a humble heart helps.

The least are important to Jesus.

 Luke 9:48 (NKJV)
… “Whoever receives this little child in My name receives Me;
and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me. … 

Matthew 10:42 (NKJV)
And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward

Interestingly, Jesus’ words in the parable are echoed in Romans & Proverbs to include even our enemies (!),

Proverbs 25:21,22;  Romans 12:20 (NKJV)
21 If your enemies are hungry, give them food to eat.
    If they are thirsty, give them water to drink.
22 You will heap burning coals of shame on their heads,
    and the Lord will reward you.

Luke 7:27,28 (MSG)
27-30 “To you who are ready for the truth, I say this:
Love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst.
When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer for that person.

Luke 6:35,36 (NKJV)
But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High.
For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.
36 Therefore be merciful,
just as your Father also is merciful.

In some cultures, reconciliation is expressed through sharing a meal together (eating & drinking together).

The least may also refer to the undeserving, the ungrateful …
an example is the parable of the prodigal son who carelessly squandered away his father’s inheritance.  In desperation, driven by a severe famine in the land
… the son returned back to the father.
But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran (Luke 15:20 NKJV)
The son was destitute, ashamed … but the father graciously said, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.
And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry (Luke 15:22,23 NKJV)

The father loved both sons,  
the one who squandered his wealth … and the one who faithfully stayed at home.
He favored both.

Acts of mercy
… being merciful like our Father.
Kindness that mends and restores bridges of relationship & community.
Forgiveness expressed through kind deeds.

This also goes further than just food and water,

Exodus 23:4,5 (NIV)
“If you come across your enemy’s ox or donkey wandering off, be sure to return it.
If you see the donkey of someone who hates you fallen down under its load, do not leave it there; be sure you help them with it.

i.e. taking care of someone else’s ox or donkey, etc,
the way we’ll take care of our own ox or donkey, etc,
“Do to others as you would have them do to you.” (Luke 6:31 NIV)
irrespective of whether the other person is on our side or not
(whatever “our side” means)

“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can.
In all the ways you can. In all the places you can.
At all the times you can. To all the people you can.
As long as ever you can.”

— John Wesley

“While ministry sometimes means risk,
it always means surrender”
— Jeri Little

So …. How does one become so loving ?
Such kind of  love certainly does not come from us …

Romans 5:5 (NIV)
And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

Galatians 5:22 (NIV)
But the fruit of the Spirit is love …

Romans 8:1, 13,14 (NKJV)
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

Also, … God is at work in each of us to help us

Philippians 2:13 (TLB)
For God is at work within you,
helping you want to obey him,
and then helping you do what he wants

Let’s pray with Paul,

1 Thessalonians 3:12, 13 (NASB)
12 and may the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all people, just as we also do for you; 13 so that He may establish your hearts without blame in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints.

Jesus piercing question on the sheep and the goats,

is not focused on our creed, statement of faith, membership ….
… or our theological, liturgical, experiential, doctrinal or societal moral orientation/position, or other contentious/divisive issues in churches/denominations,
… or our attendance or commitment to church activities,
… or ministry achievements, magnitude, titles, qualifications, training
… or how much we pray or how much of the Bible we know, or big offerings

Its also not a question of how great a sin we’ve been forgiven of,
doing good, being a blessing,
mercy, kindness, compassion, hospitality, humility,
being like Jesus …. His character,
in our ordinary everyday lives.

Mark 12:32,-34 (NIV)
32 “Well said, teacher,” the man replied.
“You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him.

33 To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength,
and to love your neighbor as yourself
is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
34 When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him,
You are not far from the kingdom of God.”
And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions.

more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices
… beyond the offerings/sacrifices/praises in the temple or church,
what’s really important
is the expression of our love to God and others in our ordinary everyday lives.

What is important is faith expressing itself in love. (Galatians 5:6)

The sheep reflect… God’s perfect Lamb of God.

Romans 8:29
For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.

Its all about honoring Him by loving Him,
and loving our neighbor as ourselves,
expressed through humble kindness to our neighbors, even the very least amongst us, those in need

Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.

The parable of the sheep and the goats clearly questions our priority, our focus, our motivation, our ‘sacred cows’ in Christian ministry, service and activities
… and ultimately, ‘what really is ministry?’.

Rather, its more about a humble, quiet lifestyle that’s generous of our time, our means, our hospitality for others,
not expecting anything in return … like Jesus.

Matthew 28:20 (NIV)
… the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve,
and to give his life as a ransom for many.

Possibly the greatest spiritual deception we can fall into is to
think we really love the Lord
while having little concern for his people
– Jim Cymbala

On a further note ….

The acts of kindness mentioned by Jesus in this parable are also highlighted in Isaiah with regards to seeking God from the heart,

Isaiah 58:2, 7-9 (NIV)
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
    and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
    and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?

Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
    and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you,
    and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;
    you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.

In the Gospels, the indifferent ‘cold shoulder‘ response of the goats is echoed in the parable of Lazarus and the rich man.

Luke 16:19-23 (NKJV)
19 “There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day.
20 But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, 21 desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
22 So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom.
The rich man also died and was buried.

23 And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

(Luke 16:24-31 continues with rest of the parable)

Lazarus was poor and sick, he missed out on most of the opportunities and comforts in life,  … life for him was tough going each day.
… he did not miss the most important blessing in life
— inheriting the Kingdom of God … Lazarus is one ‘whom God helps‘ (the meaning of his name),
Lazarus is remembered by the Lord by name,
… while the rich man is left nameless.

The compassionate action of the sheep is echoed in the parable of the good Samaritan,
which was prompted by someone’s question to Jesus,

Luke 10:25-28, 29 (NKJV)
25 And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying,
“Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”

26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?”
27 So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and‘your neighbor as yourself.’

28 And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.

29… “And who is my neighbor?

Jesus answered him,

Luke 10:30, 33-37 (NKJV)
… “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.

33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’

36 So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?”

37 And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.”

Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

On that day, … on his ordinary journey … to wherever and whatever,
… the Samaritan found the other man lying on the ground,
stripped … bloody … half dead.

The Samaritan, had compassion on the wounded & robbed unconscious man
… a total stranger.
He felt the man’s severe pain and agony.

He stopped.

He re-prioritized his day.
His neighbor became his priority.

He acted.  He helped.
He altered his schedule, his journey.  He detoured.
He gave what he had, he did what he could.
He collaborated with others as a team to also assist (innkeeper).
He did not leave the man on the road.
He showed mercy on him.
So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

The Samaritan helped the man in need, his neighbor.
Whether the man lyin there .. was like him a Samaritan, .. or totally different from him, a  Jew, … was not his concern.  (Jews did not associate with Samaritans (John 4:9)) … they were all his neighbor.
In a robbed, striped, unconscious state … we all look the same.

Furthermore, in helping & loving a stranger in a deserted part of the road, the Samaritan took a risk.
Love, … reaching out, … involves risk.

The man needed a helping, open hand.
The Samaritan saw his neighbor’s need with his heart,
and … reached out his hand
In the parable, the other 2 religious leaders  who passed by earlier … just simply saw & left.

… to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine,
even the least of them,
you did it to Me.

Along the lonely, deserted part of the road between Jerusalem and Jericho,
when no one was watching
… the 2 religious leaders conveniently walked pass the other side,
the Samaritan spontaneously reached out, helped.

The true test of a man’s character is
what he does when no one is watching.

― John Wooden

In conclusion,

Perhaps, we may just receive the parable of Lazarus and the rich man and the good Samaritan as the good moral teachings of Jesus.

However, the parable of the sheep and the goats puts the ball squarely in our court, and begs our response.

… for if we don’t love people we can see,
how can we love God, whom we cannot see? (1 John 4:10 NLT)

Owe no one anything except to love one another,
for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.
(Romans 13:8 NKJV)

The parable of the sheep and the goats challenges us in living out His commandment, “Love your neighbor as yourself”,  in our everyday lives through simple, practical acts of mercy, generosity and compassion.

… let us not love with words or speech
but with actions and in truth. (1 John 3:18 NIV)

As Jesus said, “Go and do likewise.”

  “Look, I am coming soon!
My reward is with me, and I will give to each person
according to what they have done.. …”
(Revelation 22:12 NIV)

Then the King will say to those on His right
“Come, you who are blessed of My Father,
inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”
(Matthew 25:34 NIV)

  Discipling | Serving Quietly

by 林弟兄, bro Lim
Apr 30, 2015

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