Thursday, February 7, 2013

February 7

today's reading: Matthew 25:31-46


This is a condition we hear about frequently these days. We joke about having a bad case of "separation anxiety" when we can't have our favorite soft drink, or fast food. If we run out of a familiar brand of cosmetic or coffee.
BUT the separation anxiety I see in today's reading in Matthew is no joke.

When the King of Heaven, our Lord Jesus Christ draws a line down the middle of the throne room and tells one group to stand on the right and another group to stand on the left, you just know that one of those groups is not going to have a good day.

A day of judgement.
Let the power of that fall on you for a moment.

As you read today's scripture did you hear the two groups both give the same response to the LORD when He pronounced their outcome?

It seems that neither group understood the relationship that exists between serving those in need and serving God.

And yet, one group chose to serve the needy souls of humanity out of love for God's people and obedience to the Lord.

The other group seemed to say, "Well, if we had known it was YOU! we would have done thus and so..."

In order to serve in sheep-ish fashion, we must get our minds right.
We must want to serve from our hearts; looking at the people around us through the loving eyes of our Savior King,
We must reach out to help those in need, and not out of duty but out of love for God.

Prepare now to be on the right side of the line, when your name is called summoning you before that throne of judgement.

You'll never have to face another anxious moment or feel the pain of separation again!

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