April 22

TODAY IS…

a terrific day to get on the right side of the Lord.

“…and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.”  Matthew 25:33 NASB

Does someone’s race, social status, education level, or job determine how we treat them? Does someone have to be ‘worthy’ of our kindness? The eyes of God see only the hearts of His children. What does He see when He looks at yours?

Throughout the many beautiful pages of the Holy Bible, the need to show kindness and concern for each other is repeated often, and in many different ways. Christ used several examples and took advantage of many different opportunities to teach the supreme importance of this.

When Jesus was teaching on the Mount of Olives, He told a powerful story about the final judgment “But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne.” (Matthew 25:31 NASB).

When we are all gathered in His presence, He will separate us as a shepherd separates the goats from the sheep. He will place the sheep on His right and He will tell those He places there that they have been blessed by God and have been chosen to inherit His kingdom as promised.

Jesus then tells them why they have been selected: “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; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.” (Matthew 25:35-36 NASB).

He said that the good people He was talking to would be confused, for they would have no recollection of feeding Jesus or clothing Him, taking care of Him when He was sick, or any of those things that He was referring to, so they would ask Him when they were supposed to have done all of those kind and generous things.

Jesus told the crowd, “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 25:40 NASB).

Christ is in all of us, so nothing else should matter. We should be kind to one another because of our love for God through Jesus Christ. We should do for everyone we meet as we would do for Christ, and in doing we will show the world our love for Christ and ensure that when we face judgment before the King, we will be on His right side.

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Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson

About Tony Casson

" For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT)
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