Are you denying Christ? Part 3
“Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry, and you gave me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me” (Matt. 25: 41-43)
This is a very famous passage which many of you will have heard many times before. A few years ago I remember hearing a sermon about the passage concerning the sheep and goats. As someone from the UK, Sheep and goats for me are quite easy to tell a part. And I had always thought that Jesus was using 2 very different animals so that we could also tell the difference between believers and unbelievers. But this preacher made the point that in Israel and throughout the Middle east it is quite difficult to tell the difference if you are not familiar with either animal. In other words you cannot always tell who is a believer and who is an unbeliever by simply looking at them from a distance. It is also about their behaviour and way of life.
From this passage I see a few question being asked. In the past year, how many humgry Christians have you fed? (by the way while it is good and commendable to help and fed non-Christians who is it that Jesus is talking about in this passage when he refers to “Brethren”? I shall not answer this but will leave it with you to ponder). How many thirsty believers have you supplied with drinking water? How many homeless children of God have you provided with shelter? How many naked Christians have you furnished with clothing? How many sick or imprisoned followers of Christ have you visited? If you where to stand in the Judgement of Jesus described in matthew 25, would you be among the sheep or goats?
We who are believers are not only called to follow Jesus in belief and faith. We are also called to follow Him with our works. As James says faith devoid of works is USELESS. It is not a case of either/or. It is a case of both/and. At the same time people who simply do good works but have no faith or belief are simply doing good works and no more. We are called to not only believe in Jesus. We are also called to follow Jesus.
Some may get worried by all this talk and accuse me of preaching a social Gospel. Well I am not preaching any such thing. The so called social Gospel and any other Gospel such as Liberation Theology is no such Gospel at all. Our starting point should alway be Jesus and what He did for us on the Cross. Without Jesus there is no point in anything you do. The Gospel is simple but it is on the end it is rather only the begining. Out of the Gospel fruit should develop in our lives which will result in our obedience in the Commandments of God. As Jesus said “By their fruits you will know them”. If here is no fruit in your life ask yoursleves why not and change your life round so that fruit will develop. Our God is a God of forgiveness. So he will forgive you if you have denied His Son. And start from this moment living a life which will not deny Him but rather Honour Christ in your life. Thanks for reading.