Matthew – Fulfilled.
Goats. Sigh. Grandpa had goats on his farm when I was a child so I observed them often. Goats will eat sticks, brush, trash and whatever else is in their way. That’s why Grandpa would put them in a pasture he wanted cleared out of underbrush. They make great weed whackers.
Goats are stubborn. Instead of going around an obstacle, they will butt their heads against it until they get what they want. They fight with each other constantly. They will shove you out of the way if you get close to them. Their horns can hurt! Did I mention they have horns?! They can also smell pretty bad. They look cute as babies but grow to be aggressive and mean, trained by other goats. We have phrases for humans that compare us to goats, too. “Ew, you smell like a billy goat, go take a shower!” “You are as stubborn as an old goat.” “You’re just butting your head against the wall like a ….” Goats are not looked upon with positive thoughts and aspirations.
Matthew 25, The Message
The Sheep and the Goats
31-33 “When he finally arrives, blazing in beauty and all his angels with him, the Son of Man will take his place on his glorious throne. Then all the nations will be arranged before him and he will sort the people out, much as a shepherd sorts out sheep and goats, putting sheep to his right and goats to his left.
34-36 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what’s coming to you in this kingdom. It’s been ready for you since the world’s foundation. And here’s why:
I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you gave me a room,
I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
I was sick and you stopped to visit,
I was in prison and you came to me.’
37-40 “Then those ‘sheep’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.’
41-43 “Then he will turn to the ‘goats,’ the ones on his left, and say, ‘Get out, worthless goats! You’re good for nothing but the fires of hell. And why? Because—
I was hungry and you gave me no meal,
I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,
I was homeless and you gave me no bed,
I was shivering and you gave me no clothes,
Sick and in prison, and you never visited.’
44 “Then those ‘goats’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or homeless or shivering or sick or in prison and didn’t help?’
45 “He will answer them, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you failed to do one of these things to someone who was being overlooked or ignored, that was me—you failed to do it to me.’
46 “Then those ‘goats’ will be herded to their eternal doom, but the ‘sheep’ to their eternal reward.”
Think about it…
–Goat are sheep? Who are we when nobody but God is looking?
–How do we smell? Do I have the fragrance of Christ or that of a billy goat in my walk?
–It is interesting to note that the “sheep” did what pleased God without even thinking about it…it was just part of their DNA to love others like God loves them and show that love in actions. Mm. It wasn’t a PROGRAM, but a way of life.
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for bringing to mind again what you ask of us and expect from us as your sheep. It’s really in the small stuff of life, isn’t it? It’s helping others from a place of love for You because You loved us first. Abundant life is lived in the details and You delight in the details of our lives. My desire is to be a sheep, even though they are not always the smartest, but they follow well. Keep me focused on you. Always. I don’t want to be a goat.
In Jesus Name, Amen