Sheep or Goat?



Suggested reading: Matthew 25:31-46

What does it mean to be a member of the church? I’m not talking about a specific church here, but the universal church. I’m afraid some of us have got it a little mixed up. I see a lot of posts on Facebook about “religious” stuff. Some people post a daily Bible verse; some post a daily word of encouragement; some share God memes. I’m not saying doing this is wrong. Social media is an excellent way to share our faith, but a daily Facebook post won’t get you into heaven or make up for your behavior in the real world.

Tony Nolan compares our cultures’ attitude toward Christ as “taking selfies with Jesus” instead of having a real relationship with Him. I posted a Bible verse on Facebook. SNAP! I have a fish on my car. SNAP! Have a blessed day. SNAP! We desperately want other people to know we are Christians (T-shirts, fish symbol, cross necklaces and tattoos), but does Jesus know it?

Consider the goats in Matthew 25. These people are standing before Christ for the final judgment obviously expecting to be escorted into heaven. They are shocked when Christ tells them to go away.“What?!? When did we see you in need? You know if we had seen you in need, we surely would have helped you.” The other group’s response probably sounds quite different, more humble.

Please don’t fall into Satan’s trap of comparison here. We do no good when we compare ourselves to others, whether good or bad. Our example is Christ.

We see people in need every day. Some have real need (food, clothing, shelter); some need only a kind word or to be acknowledged. It is our privilege and our duty to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

John Wesley sums it up well:“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.” Christ will accept nothing less.

Do a little soul searching and be honest with yourself. Are you a sheep or a goat?