16 // Matthew 25:31-46 / Read
Where is there pain or sickness, dysfunction or even death in your life or the lives of those closest to you? Where doesn’t life make sense? Where are you aware that things aren’t as they were meant to be?
Did it take you more than a few moments for something or someone to come to mind?
The reality is that God has been telling people for millennia that things aren’t as they should be. And he had promised he would send One who would save them and set things right.
Today’s passage is the conclusion of Jesus’ foretelling that moment as recorded by Matthew in Chapters 24 and 25. It is a sobering and, perhaps, conflicting passage, but let us embrace Jesus’ words and invite the Spirit to change us by them.
What is your initial response to the passage? What imagery most grabs your attention? What do you feel as you read? Be as specific as possible. Then take a few moments to consider the why behind your answers to those questions.
Often we think of following Jesus and our relationship with him as a spectrum, with “far away” on one end, “close by” on the other and many increments in between. Today’s passage leaves no room for such a spectrum - rather, Jesus indicates that there are only two types of people in the end.
What does Jesus reveal about the heart of God? For whom would his words be good news?
Are you challenged in any way by Jesus’ words? If so, why do you think that is?
Where is grace in this passage (described or implied)?
Conclude your reflections by identifying the one thing that most grabbed your attention. How might God be using that thing to speak to you? How do you sense him leading you to today?