God is not easily impressed. I mean, honestly, how can we “impress” the Creator of the Universe? We can paint pictures, but He can paint sunsets. We can make money, but He can make galaxies. We can sing songs, but He can invent Music. As I read the Bible, I see that God isn’t impressed by our rule-keeping our creativity or even our religious discipline nearly as much as He is pleased with our hearts when we are willing to love and serve people the way Jesus did.
There is a great line in the movie ‘Gladiator” where the General inspires his men for battle by saying, “What we do in life echoes in Eternity!” The literal Truth of that statement can be found all over the Bible and specifically with the Teachings of Jesus. God is eternally impressed when we love the unlovable, forgive the unworthy, serve the poor and honor those who can’t repay us (that’s exactly what Jesus did). On the flipside, God is eternally angry with those who refuse to do those things.
I’ve put the text of one of the most sobering, challenging, thought-provoking and even controversial teachings in all of the Bible. As you read Jesus’ Words, allow the Holy Spirit to direct your thoughts and actions towards loving people the same way God loves us.
“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. 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, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ Matthew 25:34-36
There should be no such thing as a Self-Focused Christian. What we do for others has eternal significance. It’s impossible to Love God and Disregard People.
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “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.’ Matthew 25:37-40
There is no such thing as an “insignificant person.” Jesus values lost and hurting people. Helping those who can’t repay us is one of our purest acts of Worshipping God.
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ Matthew 25:41-45
God has no tolerance for our selfishness or our cold-hearted indifference towards others.
“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” Matthew 25:46
Every person will spend Eternity somewhere. You’ll either be with Jesus in Glory or separated from him in Agony. Choose Jesus!