The Sheep and The Goats

Grace Law

READ : Matthew 25:31-46

Can we picture God as a judge sitting upon His throne of glory judging the nations? The sheep at His right represent the saved and the goats on His left represent the unsaved.

These verses in Matthew 25 teach us how to act to our fellow men and women. Some might call this “doing works of charity” but Jesus says that what we do for others is actually being done for Him (v. 40).

My son used these verses in a “Thank you” note to nurses on one occasion. The nurses were so touched that many eyes misted with tears.

If we hurt the poor we hurt God, but we honor Him when we show mercy (Prov. 14:31). Again and again, the Bible tells us of God’s great concern for the poor, and that we should share that concern.

Doing good works will not get us into heaven. We need God’s salvation, His forgiveness for our sins. But, along with this, He gives us His love to teach us how to love others and to forgive those who hurt and oppress us. A strong desire to love and help others should be ours because we know that what is done for others is done for the Lord. What can you do for the Lord today? Don’t just think about it, do it.


Dear Lord, show us what we can do for You today. Open our eyes to see the sick, the lonely or any others who need Your love. May what we do be pleasing in Your sight. In Jesus’ name. Amen.