“All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.” The teaching of The Olivet Discourse is about the events of the Church Age leading up to the Tribulation Period and teaches that goats mingle with the sheep and Jesus is saying that in the church there are sheep and goats. Many in the church do not know the difference between the two.
This parable tells us that the sheep and goats will be divided based upon what they did or did not do. The key understanding is how believers act toward other members of the body of Christ because it reflects our attitude toward Jesus himself.
Who are the “least of these”? The least of these are fellow believers and especially Evangelists and Missionaries who spread the Christian message. “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40)
Are we saved by doing good works such as how we respond to Jesus’ followers who are charged with spreading the gospel and do so in the face of hunger, thirst, illness and imprisonment? No, we are not saved because we do works; rather our good works are the result of our transformation through Christ. Jesus Christ reminds us that there are eternal consequences for our actions.
Is the body of Christ willing to let go of our resources to help those on the front lines? Are we accumulating instead of investing in eternal things? The body of Christ is called to help our family of believers knowing that our time on earth is just a moment. Knowing the judgment is coming should change the way we live and should change the way we use resources God has given us.
Source: Dr. Mark Strauss,
The Parables of Jesus