Sheep and Goats

Why do we find it so difficult to live out Acts 1:8, the last command of Jesus to His followers? “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Sometimes I think we’re just blind to the spiritual needs of other people. We get caught up in the day-to-day concerns of life—work, our children, financial concerns, health issues—and we just fail to share Christ with our neighbors near and far. Or maybe we just view certain groups of people as unreachable.

We’ve been asking ourselves the probing question—Do we view others in the light of eternity? If we see people’s lost condition and truly believe that without Christ we will all perish, then surely we will always be ready to share the good news that Christ saves sinners young and old, of every ethnicity, rich or poor.

The heart of the gospel is Jesus. In His name, we go into situations where people are helpless and hopeless, knowing that the power of the gospel can change them at the deepest level of their being. Once bent on loving themselves and being served by others, they can be transformed into lovers of God and servants of others.

Today, our final day, we taught Matthew 25 to the children at Brookstone School. The sheep and the goats serve as a vivid picture of God’s kindness and severity at the end of the age when Christ returns—kindness to the sheep and severity to the goats. Some would argue that pointing to the warnings of the Bible lacks compassion, but the opposite is true. Compassion does warn of danger while at the same time leading another to safety. That safety is found in the beauty of Christ and all that He is for us. The road to heaven is walked by those who desire to be with Christ and trust in His finished work to get them there, by those who take joy at the thought of His return.

Teaching Matthew 25 (Sheep and Goats)

We are praying for ourselves and for you, that our hearts would be captured by the desire to see Christ known in our cities. At the end of each class, we took photos so that we could have a daily reminder of these precious children and pray for their salvation and spiritual growth. Many seeds were planted and we know our God is mighty to save!

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