There has got to be some serious significance to the fact that when Jesus talked about “sheep” going to heaven and “goats” going to hell, he connected it to whether or not they had helped people in need.
And that’s all he mentioned.
Not that it’s what gets you on the path to salvation, but it’s the kind of life that leads to heaven. If you aren’t living a life that is marked by selfless service to people in desperate need, you aren’t living the Jesus kind of life. If you are living a life that is not marked by selfless service to people in desperate need, you aren’t living the Jesus kind of life.
And you shouldn’t expect that kind of life to lead to heaven. Only the Jesus kind of life leads to heaven.
So how many members of your church or small group are living lives marked by feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, welcoming the stranger, clothing the naked, caring for the sick, and visiting the prisoner?
How many sermons and lessons in your church connect the dots between receiving eternal life and helping people in need?
How much of your time, talent, and treasure is given away to people in need?
When you talk to others about what it means to follow Jesus and receive eternal life, do you talk about helping people in need?
Why do so many of us think the one has nothing to do with the other?