34 ‘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. 35 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, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was ill and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”
37 ‘Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you ill or in prison and go to visit you?”
40 ‘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.”
These verses come from one of Jesus’ most disturbing and haunting parables, the separation of the sheep and goats. It has been interpreted in many ways, but the heart of it contains a simple principle – treat others as if they were Jesus, for that’s what life in the Kingdom is like. If we’re not loving others, then how can we be loving Jesus?
Think through the people you’re going to meet today – what would it look like if treated them this way? Pray for the Spirit’s help to live this out.