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Sheep, Goats, and Unnecessary Labour.

Why do we make it so difficult?

Why so much hard work where it doesn’t count as much and little work where the work is most needed?

I think the answer lies in the fact that we are afraid. It’s easier to do the easier complicated things than to do the hard simple things.

I once asked a friend “What’s the highest maturity in the Christian faith that we could ever attain?” My friend thought it was a trick question. My answer: There’s no higher maturity than maturity in love. Nothing we could ever do can compare or compete with the very nature of God Himself.

So why do we focus so much on the other things and put more stock on them than we ought while neglecting the thing that is closest to God’s heart?

Another question: How would Jesus Christ separate the sheep from the goats? Sorry, His words not mine, and this was an analogy, Jesus wasn’t degrading us to the level of sheep and goats. He was simply making a distinction between those who were His and those who weren’t.

A number of us may be familiar with this parable that Jesus taught, but here’s a summary: At the end of time, Christ would judge the world He came to save. He would make a distinction between the true followers and those who love sin. He says:

“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.” (Matthew 25: 41-43)

So what exactly is Christianity and why have we missed the point? This post will not offer a breakdown of the definition of Christianity however. The question is for those who say they are followers of Christ. What does it really mean? And will I be found wanting when I meet with Him?

I feel the injustice of leaders in the faith of Christianity who give heavy loads for people to carry in the name of the faith, and neglect the heart of God for His people. We are to know Him, be transformed by Him, and be conformed to His image and nature.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:2-23) If this isn’t what Christianity looks like for you, then a searching of the soul is required. I have to constantly ask myself and God if this is the path I’m walking on. We must. We have to.

We have to fight for the true faith and constantly turn away from every deception and every short cut. The life of Christ is apparent and not hidden as some would like to make it out to be. Lord, please keep us in the straight path. In Jesus Name.

Grace to you and much love.

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