“It wasn’t me I didn’t do it”, the oft cited excuse of many. I didn’t do what you think I did, what you’re accusing me of…
Jesus turns that totally around in theThe Parable of the Sheep and the Goats.
They are accused, not of doing something wrong – but of failing to do some good. The people are quite happy with the way they have been living, content they have been doing what they should have. Little do they realise… Conversely, those who have been doing good, are unaware – it is just natural to them.
Feeding the hungry, inviting in the stranger, clothing the naked, caring for the sick and imprisoned are actions that God expects; not turning a blind eye or supposing someone else will do it. They are done, not to be seen to be doing something, but to genuinely help. Our attitude to the needs of others says a lot about our attitude to God, and in serving others, we are also serving him.
I cannot think of this story expressed in a better way than Keith Green’s powerful retelling
the only difference between the sheep and the goats, was what they did – and didn’t do!
what have I done,
or not done?
for the good I could have done
for doing things just to be seen,
for leaving others to struggle,
for failing to serve
both my fellow human being
May I see what others need
and give it
to them and to you