Matthew 25:31-46 When Chores Turn into Habits

 Jesus wraps up not only His concern for good people who are going to miss Heaven, but also this is the end of what will happen at the end of time. Everything we have been discussing had to do when Jesus returns and now He wraps that up with reminding His disciples of what waits those who truly belong to Him.

1)   His Return Will Be Glorious

Now when the Son of Man comes in His Glory

Son of Man was a term that meant that Jesus was God in the Flesh and cannot be used by people that try and say that Jesus was not God. To do so is twisting the passage to say what you want it to say.  Some have used that term to show that He was not God but the Religious leaders knew exactly what He meant by it, and that is why they wanted to kill him.

Everything we do should be with the thought that Jesus can return at any time.

People that are truly followers of Christ live their lives as if Jesus could come back and they are working diligently to accomplish His will. When Jesus comes back it will be a spectacular event witnessed by everyone on earth. As to how that will take place is only speculation but the Bible makes it clear that it will be witnessed world wide.

Remember the Angel told the disciples in Acts 1:11 that Jesus will come just as you saw Him leave

See also Matthew 24:29-31; 1 Thessalonians 1:7-8

Then He will sit on the throne of His Glory

If you believe in the millennial reign of Christ then you believe that there will be a thousand year reign where Christ will come back and rule the earth. To sit on His throne would mean after the tribulation and defeat the Anti- Christ who set himself up to be God. He will sit on the throne of David as promised to Mary (Luke 1:31-33)

Jesus came the first time to serve but when He comes again it will be to reign as King

2)   His Judgment Will Be Fair

And all the Nations will be gathered before Him and He will separate them from one another

Christ will be the ultimate Judge and when He returns He will separate those who truly belong to Him from those who don’t

Again, depending on your view of the end times is how and when all of this will take place. Jesus then uses a common experience in Palestine and that is the illustration of  sheep and the goats.  People would own both sheep and goats but would separate them when they slept and when they grazed.  It has also been said  that the goats had to be kept warm while sheep did not. That visual picture would have been engrained in their heads as they would have seen this take place many times in their region.

And He will cause the sheep to stand on his right and the goats on the left

Jesus is in total control and His sovereignty and domination will not be challenged.

The right is always a place of honor (1 Kings 2:19; Psalm 45:9; 110:11)

The right hand was the hand of passing on the blessing from the Father to the Son (Genesis 48:8-20)

Book: The Blessing by John Trent and Gary Smalley

Then the King will say to those on His right; “Inherit the Kingdom that was prepared for you since the creation of the World”

Our rewards are always later and that is why we cannot grow discouraged in doing the things the Master has called us to do.  Jesus is making sure  that they understand that what they are doing will be rewarded, just not right away.

The Kingdom is eternal life because it has always existed and will always exist.

Inheritance is not earned,  only received. We cannot get confused that our relationship with God is not earned but only can be received when we surrender our lives to Him. Just like when a person dies it is those who are related, or who bear the persons name that then get the inheritance. When you surrender your life to Christ you then become one with Christ and therefore part of what churches use to call, The Family of God.

See Also: Romans 8:16-17; 1 Peter 1:3-5

3)   His Request Are Simple

I was hungry and you gave me food; thirsty and you gave me drink; stranger and you welcomed me in; naked and you clothed me; sick and you looked after me; imprisoned and you came to me”

Food, Drink and being sick are all physical needs

Stranger and imprisoned are social needs.

All these things are important to each one of us and we need to know what each person needs and be the hands of Christ to provide them for others.  These are all common everyday needs and so what we are asked to do is not so much the difficult task of ministry, but the simple everyday things of life. .

We do not have to do big things for God we have to do the everyday things (Ephesians 2:10)

The opposite of doing the simple is found in Matthew 7:21-23

Matthew 7:21-23  “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

They did big things for God but they never knew God.

Have you ever been a stranger at a party? Did you like it when someone came up to you and said they would show you around? That is meeting someone’s need that is so simple but very rewarding for them.

So the point Jesus is making, is that we are to meet people’s needs, whatever they may be. Of course meeting the physical needs is actually easier than meeting social needs. It is easier to get a group of people to go and paint a building than it is to sit down with someone and actually talk to them. Remember, the biggest need in someone’s life is not always about food or money but it may be social.

This list is repeated four times in this passage so if Jesus is emphasizing something this much, we should take notice.

When you have done these things for one of my brothers or sisters you have done it for me

By calling them brothers and sisters Jesus is connecting them back to the Father and also to the inheritance that is promised. It is the children that get to accept the inheritance of eternal life. Christians have a responsibility to other Christians and it was that responsibility that changed a culture when the church first started.

Christians have a responsibility  to other Christians who are in need. (Acts 6:1-7; Galatians 6:10; 1 John 3:16-18)

if you tie this passage back to the end times and all the things that will take place during the tribulation, means that there will be some difficult times for Christians.

Acts 2: 44-47  And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

The Church in the Book of Acts had to meet the needs of those who became followers of Christ because when they did they were kicked out of their houses, fired and sometimes both simply because they left Judaism.

When we do things for our brothers and sisters in Christ it is as if we are doing it directly for Jesus. (Matthew 10:40-42)

Loving each other is how people will know we truly belong to God (John 13:35)

So the question then becomes not: What would Jesus do? But what would you do for Jesus? Those who truly belong to Jesus are those who do His will.

Then the righteous will respond when did we see you hungry, thirsty, clothe you, a stranger, sick or imprisoned?

Nothing defines a job of a mom like what was just listed. t know all that they do. These Christians just lived their lives and did for others on a regular basis that they did not even remember serving others. It was just part of their lifestyle. This might be the opposite of our culture who every time they do a good deed has to Facebook, Tweet or instagram it so everyone knows what they did.

In 1 Corinthians 13 it says that love keeps no record of wrong and I believe the opposite of that is also true, that  love keeps no record of what we do  right.

We are to live our lives in such a way that we are not tallying up everything we do for others. (1 Corinthians 13)

We serve with knowing we are serving Jesus and His kingdom, and at the end of time, He will come and inspect what we do and reward us. We will stand before Him and forget all that we have done for Him or because we simply just were doing what He put in our heart to do.

4)   His Heart Will Be Broken

Then He will say to those on His left depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for Satan and his angels

When Satan and his angels rebelled against God, God created a place of punishment for them called Hell or eternal fire. Yes,  this will last for eternity just like Heaven will last for eternity and this is probably why Jesus spoke of judgment more than anyone else in scripture.

Jesus weeps over the fact that many will be separated from Him for eternity and so should we.  (Luke 19:41-44)

We should never wish Hell on anyone because Jesus wants all to repent (2 Peter 3:9)

For I was hungry and you did not feed me, thirsty and not give me something to drink, naked and you did not clothe me, stranger and did not welcome me in, sick and in prison and you did not look after me.

Salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus but works show that we have given our lives to Him( Galatians 2:10 and James 2:14-26)

To Love God is to Love the things that He is concerned about.

People that only live for themselves and that cannot be inconvenienced by others show that they do not belong to God. The unrighteous are not willing to lift a finger to help in any way unless it benefits them.

Then they will answer: when did we see these things and not take care of you

“Take care of you” means to offer willing charitable service for another.

The reason they did not see it is because they did not have a heart like Gods where these things mattered to them. They know that their selfish lifestyle has brought them condemned in front of the judge and they are looking to get out of trouble by basically saying they would have done something if they would have seen it.

Ezekiel 36:25-27 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. 26 And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules

When you are changed by God He changes everything about you.

You love the things He loves, you care for the things He cares about, and eventually you do them to the point that you do not even know you are doing them. Just like a mom who does things for her children because she loves them, we  will do things for God out of a new heart.

This group is not accused of committing gross sins but of not carrying out simple task. This group like the other groups in the previous passages of scripture  will be shut out of the kingdom. These were decent maybe even church going people and yet their selfish lifestyle had them focus on themselves, instead of loving God and Loving others.

Closing

You do not have to do big things for God but only do the task He puts before you to do. As we grow in our relationship with Christ we will do things for Him without even realizing it.

Some chores turn into habits because we do them without thinking. We may have as children done some things because our parents made us, but overtime we do these things because they have become a routine.

As Christians we are supposed to do the things of God out of obedience not out of convenience. As we continue to serve Him some of the things we do will become such habits that we will forget that we even are doing them. Then one day we will stand before the King and we will get rewarded for them all.

How can I make sure I am doing everything I am supposed to do? “Fall Crazy in love with Jesus and the rest will take care of itself” Brent Gambrel

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