“The King will answer them, ‘Most certainly I tell you, because you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’" - Matthew 25:40 (WEB)
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Matthew chapter 25 is quite a significant and important section. It is the final teachings of our Lord Jesus just before the Passover and Crucifixion.
Two groups of believers are pointed out here by our Lord Jesus. The sheep and the goats actually had things in common. However, the main difference was how they helped others and their final destinations.
Maybe we can call the sheep the “surprised believers’’. It seems as if they were very surprised when we look at their words: “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink? When did we see you as a stranger and take you in, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and come to you?" (Matthew 25: 37)
Who are the sheep? It seems to be they are just ordinary, humble Christians who helped others in need throughout their daily lives. When we take care of a brother or sister in need, we are serving our Lord Jesus. It is therefore very clear how to be part of the sheep team: help others that need help with basic necessities.
What always amazes me is how ordinary people helped others to survive during extremely bad and terrible times such as the Holocaust of World War II. No selfishness, just genuine care. To me, that is a true example of serving Jesus.
We have the opportunity to serve Jesus Christ personally by helping others in need. Let us pray to God to help us not to miss these opportunities.
As the apostle Paul reminds us in Galatians 6: 9 - 10, “Let’s not be weary in doing good, for we will reap in due season if we don’t give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let’s do what is good toward all men, and especially toward those who are of the household of the faith”.