Surprise!

John Maassen

READ : Matthew 25:31-46

With the exception of earthquakes, natural catastrophes can generally be forecast today. But not the Day of Judgment. Not only will the event surprise us. For many the verdicts rendered will be shocking!

Note the startled reaction of two groups. The first is made up of those for whom daily acts of love have become so much a second nature that they never dreamed they were performing personal services to the King of Kings! “When did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee, or naked and clothe thee?” They forgot themselves in their acts of goodness. It never occurred to them that they had done anything noble! “Truly,” Jesus declares, “. . . as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it unto me.”

The other group is made up of many who may also have been very religious. But in their self-satisfaction they completely missed that vital element of Christian discipleship a loving and compassionate spirit exercised toward one’s neighbor which makes saving faith real. They too were not aware that Christ is imaged in every one in need, and that as they “did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.” Faith without good deeds is fruitless.

Putting our faith to practice is the purest form of worship and obedience!

PRAYER

Lord, lift the veil of selfishness from our hearts which in turn dims our eyes. “We would see Jesus.” Help us to see You in those in need. Amen.