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Involved In Ministry    Matt.25:31-46    Nov. 18, 2007

Introduction
If you follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit you will be Involved In Ministry, and enjoy your experience. Those who never, or seldom, work in a God given ministry rarely enjoy their life as much as those who seem to constantly serve. In our church we have a group of men who constantly look for opportunities to serve. They have a mixture of newer and older Christians, and through ministries of service they grow, and help the church to grow.


1. Involved In Ministry We Expect Eternal . . Separation For All. 25:31-34

  A. Eternal Separation For The Sheep Of The . . Savior. 25:31-33a
    25 "When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then
He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the
goats. 33 He will put the sheep on His right, . . ."

 
B. Eternal Separation For Goats Of . . Satan. 25:33b
". . . and the goats on the left.


 
C. Eternal Separation For The Sheep And their . . Satisfaction. 25:34
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.

Christians and non-Christians will be affected by their works. A Christian knows he or she can only do "good works" after they belong to the Lord. A non-Christian may try to do good works in order to get into heaven, but that never works. When Jesus comes in His glory there will be a separation of those belonging to the Savior, and those belonging to Satan. The Lord's children are called, "sheep," but Satan's children are called, "goats." The separation for the Lord's "sheep" will be satisfying, but that will not be true for " Satan's goats."


2. Involved In Ministry We Expect Eternal . . Surprises For all. 25:35-40

A. Surprises From The . . Affects Of Our Service. 25:35-39
    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 took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you took care of Me; I was in prison and you visited 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 take You in, or without clothes and clothe You? 39 When did we see You sick, or in prison, and visit You?'

 
B. Surprises From The . . Associations Of Our Service. 25:40
38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or without clothes and clothe You? 
39 When did we see You sick, or in prison, and visit You?' 40 "And the King will answer them, 'I assure you: Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.'
 

Christians who really serve the Lord do it as a natural expression of their faith and love for the Lord. They do not think first of all: "How can I get some rewards from my service today?"  If these Christian see a person genuinely hungry, thirsty, or homeless, they seek to meet the need. Many times the affects of this service goes beyond their expectations, because they did not immediately expect anything but ministry to take place. The Lord elevated ministries to genuinely needy people as He likened service to them as service to Him. An interesting phrase in verse 40 states, "the least of these." Whoever those folks are Jesus applauds service to them as unto Him: What a magnificent association.

3. Involved In Ministry We Expect Eternal . . Sorrow For Some. 25:41-46

  A. Sorrow Looking At The . . Affects Of Actions Of The Lost. 25:41-43
    41 Then He will also say to those on the left, 'Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the Devil and his angels! 42 For I was hungry and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me nothing to drink; 43 I was a stranger and you didn't take Me in; I was naked and you didn't clothe Me, sick and in prison and you didn't take care of Me.'


 
B. Sorrow Looking At The . . Awareness Of Actions Of The Lost. 25:44-45
    44 "Then they too will answer, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a
stranger, or without clothes, or sick, or in prison, and not help You?' 45 "Then He will answer them, 'I assure you: Whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did notdo for Me either.'

 
C. Sorrow Looking At The . . Announcement From The Lord. 25:46
46 "And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life." HCSB


     Eternity will bring joy or sorrow. In Christ there will be joy, but without Christ eternity will be a place of sorrow. If you desire to obey the Lord He will prompt you in "good works."  The non-Christian cannot do works for the Lord because they do not know Him. They might do works pleasing, and beneficial to mankind but that will not produce salvation. We have the words of Jesus related to a person on Judgement Day as He answered their boast about their works and said, "then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." (Matt 7:22-23 KJV) The motivation of the non-Christian leads them to please self and not the Lord. In fact their awareness of the Lord's prompting does not exist. Finally the Lord announces they will go to eternal punishment. Eternal sorrow awaits the non-Christian while joy awaits those genuinely Involved In Ministry. Amen? Amen!