Monday, August 18th, 2014
The Call To Overcome (Part 8)
For Whom Do We Fight?
All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His Right Hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His Right Hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.'
Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'
Matthew 25:32-40 (NKJV)
Throughout the Bible, God is clear: He has a special love for people most in need: for the poor; for the ill and injured; for widows, orphans, children and strangers; for captives--and even for sinners. 'I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance' (Luke 5:32).
Among Jesus' final Words in Matthew 25 (NASB) is a section called 'The Judgment.' It describes His end-times separation of the sheep from the goats, who goes where, and why.* His salvation criteria is focused on love: specifically an active love, as in caring for those who cannot care for themselves. Here's how I interpret His message:
'If you love people, prove it. Go out of your way and show it. Focus on the neediest people. Because if you love them, then you love Him. If you ignore them, then you ignore Him... Jesus identifies with forsaken people, because He was forsaken, too. If you help them, you'll receive eternal life. If you don't...' (Let's not go there.)
Actors, models and talent for Christ: you fight to free everyone who is bound by hopelessness or circumstance. Don't try to cast blame or find fault. That's God's job. If you judge them, He will judge you.
You fight to enter the mission field of media, currently controlled by giants. Because you can do great good there. You fight against religious and societal prejudice that encourages you to ignore inconvenient people.
God doesn't need you to do this job, but He offers you this job to do. Even without you, He will meet every hopeless person on earth, even on their deathbeds, to offer them the gift of eternal life. But how much better would it be for them to meet Him sooner?
So, deny every objection of the enemy that would prevent you from God's call to overcome. 'For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil' (1 John 3:8).
To Be Continued...
* 'The Judgement' as written in Matthew 25:31-46 (NASB): https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+25%3A31-46&version=NASB
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Call To Overcome series.