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The Sheep and the Goats

In my first post on the amazing young people of Spokane, I wrote about our first Feed the Hunger event. The event was so uplifting. We experienced the power of several hundred young people working hard for four hours to package 75,000 meals to help feed the hungry. As I wrote then:

The Gospel of Jesus Christ feels good. Our community is finding fulfillment because with every meal we package, we feed Jesus Christ Himself (Matthew 25). On January 22, we packaged 75,000 meals. We fed Jesus Christ 75,000 times! Think about that!

I hope you’ve had a chance to think about that. I think about it a lot.

Here’s part of what Jesus says in Matthew 25:

When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 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. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25: 31-40)

You see? When you feed somebody who’s hungry, when you clothe somebody in need, when you visit somebody in prison, or help the hurting, the dying, the people that are in pain, Jesus says, “You have done that to Me, because they are a part of Me. Whether they are living for Me or not, they’re still a part of Me. I created them.”

God created man and woman in His own image. When He did that it was as if He said, “I’ve created you with Me in you.”

You have a spirit of God inside of you. When you were in your mother’s womb, God said, “I created you in my own image. You are part of me. And though you may sin, and though you may fail, you will be fulfilled in me.”

Now think about that. If something you created or something that’s a part of you is under attack, you feel like you’re being attacked. I mean, if you attacked my son, I would feel like you’re attacking a part of me. If you attacked my wife, you’d be attacking a part of me. And if you go up to my son and give him a hug and show him love and care, I feel like that’s how you feel about me.

We’re creations of the Almighty God and I think He feels the same way. We are sons and daughters of Zion, we are part of His family, and so when He sees someone that is hungry, He’s hungry.

That’s what He means when He says, “If you do this for the least of these, then you’ve done this for Me.” You can donate one meal or more, depending on your means, or you can come together as a community and donate 75,000 meals. And either way, you will do something amazingly fulfilling. You’ll feed Jesus Christ Himself. I’m telling you: The Gospel of Jesus Christ feels good!

Next time I’m going to share with you the Greatest Thing Ever. See you Friday.

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