Are you a sheep or a goat? The following excerpt is from Buechner’s book The Faces of Jesus:
Jesus while still on earth foretells this scene of the Last Judgment. The Son of Man will separate mankind from one another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. Placing the righteous (sheep) on his right hand, he says to them, “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me,” and when the righteous ask when they did such things for him, he answers, “As you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.” And then he says to the unrighteous (goats): “I was hungry and you gave me no food,” he says – thirsty, a stranger, naked and sick and in prison – As you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.”
Thus for Jesus the only distinction between men that ultimately matters seems to be whether they do or do not love. (Matthew 25:40-45)
Just as Jesus appeared at his birth as a helpless child, he appears in his resurrection as the pauper, the prisoner, the stranger: appears in every form of human need that the world is free to serve or to ignore.
Let us love one another, so that we can be counted as righteous.
Tom Hansen, a lonely and troubled young man, sued his parents in 1978 because he didn’t like the way they brought him up. It was a unique case then, but later, similar cases were filed. A woman sued her husband for not carrying out his household chores. A rejected suitor sued his ex-fiancee to recover expensive gifts of love.
These cases were thrown out of court eventually, but they attract attention and more lawsuits like them.
Hansen acknowledged that what he really wanted from his lawsuit, he says, “was love from them. I wanted attention.”
The evidence is convincing that the better our relationships are at home, the more effective we are in our careers. Zig Zagler in his book “Homemade” said that if we’re having difficulty with a loved one, that difficulty will be translated into reduced performance on the job. In studying the millionaires in America, a picture of the “typical” millionaire is an individual who has worked eight to ten hours a day for thirty years and is still married to his or her sweetheart. A New York executive search firm, in a study of 1,365 corporate vice presidents, discovered that 87% were still married to their one and only spouse. The evidence is overwhelming that the family is the strength and foundation of society. Strengthen your family ties and you’ll enhance your opportunity to succeed.
Let us build strong families in church.
If someone asked you where to find the Bible verse that begins, “For God so loved the world…you would know he was asking about John 3:16. There was a time when no one could find a single verse in the whole Bible. The Bible wasn’t divided into verses or even chapters.
The Bible chapters such as we have today didn’t come into being until the 13th century. They were the work of Stephen Langton, the Archbishop of Canterbury.
For the next 200 years, the Bible, now divided into chapters, continued to be copied by hand. Then in 1448, Rabbi Nathan divided the Old Testament into verses. The New Testament wasn’t divided into numbered verses until 1551 when a French printer, Robert Estienne did the job.
So just as number of people were used in writing of the Bible over a period of centuries, it was the contribution of countless scribes, hundreds of years, and three men in particular—a Catholic archbishop, a Jewish rabbi and a Protestant printer—who made the bible easy to read, memorise and quote.
Let us love the word of God, and mediate upon it and hide it in our hearts. It is the key to great success. Joshua 1:8-9 “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful”.