31 "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.' 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?' 40 And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.' 41 "Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.' 44 Then they also will answer, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?' 45 Then he will answer them, saying, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.' 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."
I often wonder to myself... am I more of a sheep or more of a goat?
How does God really see me?
I would hope that he sees me as a sheep, but I don't always feel comfortably within that hope.
You see... I don't always feed the hungry, or want to work with the poor, I seldom give things away, I don't make those opportunities for myself.
it's a hard thing for me to do you know... I extend myself to folks I don't know and lend them ahead in a way that is real for me.
It's easy to send money off to missionaries and/or organizations that do that sort of work.
It's easy to write a letter to a child in a developing country.
But where do I find people to help and work with in small town Ontario?
It's not like we have soup kitchens here (or do we? I haven't the foggiest).
I'm not part of a church that requires caring for youngsters so that mom/dad can catch a break and get away to spend time with each other.
I don't really SEE the hungry and needy around me.
Though I'll happily feed someone a meal...but I'm not asked to.
So since I don't go looking for the need, I don't see the need. so does that mean I'm rather goatish? Going my own way? Not seeking the herd?
When I was single it was so much easier you know I could run here and there filling my time helping out in various groups and organizations. But here? I just don't. I sometimes.. oh I don't know.... feel like there's something amiss... but I don't know how to fix it either.