“Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteousness into eternal life.” (Matthew 25:45-46)
When the righteous exercise the faith that they have been given by Jesus Christ, they exercise it in allowing Him to have His way in them. Faith comes from the Holy Spirit of God; it is not something conjured up within ourselves. Faith exercised is faith shared out of the overflow of the Spirit within us to a world of opportunities that are constantly around us. Faith exercised is feeding the hungry and giving drink to the thirsty. Faith exercised is visiting the sick and the imprisoned, but this is not mere social service, but a Spirit-filled, Spirit-led opportunity to help others in Jesus’ nature. He healed, He delivered, and He fed others in the nature of His Father for it is His nature to feed, give drink, and visit the sick and the imprisoned. Faith in Christ is the Spirit doing His work through us to a lost and hurting world.
The goats, the ones on His left, were the ones when given opportunity turned their face towards another way in order not to see the need. Here, we see that the eternal punishment is for the ones who refuse to help in times of need. But, is that the reason for the eternal punishment? Just because you didn’t help in times of need? Emphatically, no! The reason Jesus tells us this parable of the sheep and the goats is that only He knows what is inside a man or woman. He knows if the seed of faith, which is Himself, is living on the inside of that person. If the seed of faith, the Word in the flesh is there, the evidence will be a life lived in the will and nature of the Father. In this, the needy will be seen and helped. The adverse is positively true as well. If a person does not have the faith of God living on the inside of them, then it simply won’t matter. The evidence will be there…they will not help the least of these. Ultimately, the goat-spirited person will be helping themselves for themselves.
Social needs have always been with us. Even Jesus told His disciples that the poor you would always have with you. (Matthew 26:11). As a faith-filled disciple, we are admonished to help the needy when we are given opportunity. However, when a person decides that their helping the needy according to their own belief system includes helping women have abortions so that they can murder their unborn babies, the insides of the goat is open for the world to see. People invariably reveal what is on the inside of them. If you really believe that feeding a helpless, homeless dog with one hand and killing an unborn baby with the other hand is your way of social justice or your form of Christian thinking, then I challenge you to read the Word of God in where you will end up with that belief. Abortion is murdering unborn babies and all those who have played their part in the furtherance of this despicable act are just as responsible as the mother herself.
“Jesus said, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ And these will go away to eternal punishment.” (Matt. 25:45-46a)