Tuesday, July 4

Matthew 25:31-41 (ESV)

The Final Judgment

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,[a] you did it to me.’

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.


Reflection

It seems like every time I get on Facebook, turn on the news,

walk up to a conversation, everyone is talking about how they

feel about a certain subject. Democrats, Republicans, introverts,

extroverts, type A, type B, glass half full, glass half empty,

college-educated, hardly made it through high school,

Christians, atheists, serious, or laid back. There are over 7.5

billion people on this earth and it would be hard to find someone

who agreed with you 100% on every single thing.

Today’s reading from Matthew makes me think of the saying,

“Treat others the way you want to be treated.” The challenge is

that we all want to be treated differently based on our

personalities and beliefs. The Christian would be happy and

comforted if you asked them if they would pray with you while

the atheist would feel offended and uncomfortable. So, are you

supposed to pray with them because that is how you want to be

treated or do you respect them and their feelings by just not

offering to? When you hear someone shout their beliefs on

certain political figures or policies that you don’t agree with, do

you stay quiet or become filled with rage and tell them why you

disagree with them?

In this chapter from Matthew Jesus tells us that when we feed

the hungry, welcome a stranger, clothe the less fortunate, and

take care of the sick that we are not only doing it for that person

but we are doing it for him too. We have to remember that how

we treat others is how we are treating Jesus. Doing so may not

be easy but seldom is doing what is right an easy thing to do.


Prayer

Heavenly Father, always remind me to do the right thing and to

treat everyone with the kindness you show us each and everyday.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Written by Amanda Lawler

Graphic Designer/Office Assistant

alawler@stjohns-springfield.org