This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Caleb Beller.
[Mat 25:40 NKJV] 40 “And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did [it] to one of the least of these My brethren, you did [it] to Me.’
Matthew 24 – 25 are filled with prophecies and promises surrounding the events of Jesus’ return to earth for His bride. In Matthew 25 Jesus speaks about our need to be ready at any time (parable of the lamps). That we will be accountable for how we use this time (Parable of the talents) and this last parable gives us an example of how we should use this time (parable of the sheep and goats).
Jesus calls this the judgment of the nations. What is interesting is that these nations will not be grouped by the color of their skin, language, or geography. Instead, the deciding factor of which group they join comes down to a change in heart.
35 ‘for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 ‘I [was] naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
Jesus is not teaching a works-based salvation, but He is talking about the evidence of the Spirit in our lives. How we treat others matters to God. When they asked Jesus about seeing Him in need of these things, He said when they did it unto the least-of-these, they did it unto me. It is not just compassion for our friends and family, but it is compassion for the least. The despised, the marginalized, the outcast and the downcast. As the church we must remember that we will be accountable for how we show love to the lowest of society. Jesus showed us the value of every human life on the cross. We will be judged on the basis of the cross not the color of our skin.