i, along with a few others, am reading through the gospels in 40 days. in matthew 25 i came across this passage that i’ve read many times, but this time something new stuck out.
When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 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.
if i was a shepherd, i would hope that it would be very easy for me to distinguish between a sheep and a goat. i imagine it’s the same with God. those who aren’t living for Him are not fooling Him. He knows a goat when he sees it. i pray that my life is lived in such a way that it is obvious that Jesus lives in me.
this past weekend in velocity we our opening talk for “red letters.” i have the talk, and i was pretty excited about it. i talked out of matthew 9:9-13. jesus walks up to matthew, an outcast in that society, and asks him to follow. so crazy. i took it from two angles
the disciples: no doubt the ones already following jesus were a little confused as to why a “tax collector” was joining their bunch. i asked, “who in your life are you denying the life-changing love of jesus?” we mainly do that because of decisions those people have made…we think jesus wouldn’t want them following him.
matthew: we’ve all been here, i’m sure. i know i’ve felt sometimes that i’m not good enough to follow jesus. oh boy does jesus shatter that thinking. anyone can change. this is jesus we’re talking about…the same dude who rose from the dead! wow, the power in believing that is immense. who do you know that is “too far gone?” even when everyone thinks a person is “lost” … he is still worth being found in God’s eyes.
next week bill is tackling some red letters. stay tuned for a recap