Devotional 17: All Nations will be Gathered before Him (Matthew 25:32)
Matthew 25:31-32New King James Version (NKJV)
The Son of Man Will Judge the Nations
31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy[a] 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, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.
A college professor I had once described getting off the topic as ‘birdwalking.’
I was never really sure why this particular phrase stuck with me, and I’ve since tried to research whether or not birds walk in a straight line, but as with all things these days, there are conflicting opinions.
For the purposes of not being an ornithologist, I’ll use it anyway, since I’ve told you what he meant by it.
We have before us the doctrine of the Great White Throne judgement, though nothing says it is a great white throne, but rather simply ‘the throne of His glory.’ Since his body will be transformed, whether or not we get to look at it directly is up for debate, but now I’m birdwalking.
For those who have a ‘no-hell’ doctrine, I would ask, why then would there be a need for separation? God can’t look on sin, nor will He allow it inside. Spotless, or spotted.
There is no middle ground, no compromise, no ‘winking’ and saying “Well, all right, he / she did try.”
There is salvation in faith in Christ and repentance of sins, or condemnation.
There is only one Way to God, and while other ‘gods’ may have said “I am the way, the truth, and the life, ‘ none of them followed it with, “No man comes to the Father, but by Me.”
There are some who say the everlasting punishment Jesus speaks of is metaphorical.
As metaphors are comparative, I would ask, compared to what?
There are others who say that non-whites should not worship a white Jesus, yet when Jesus says “Go and make disciples of all nations,” I see no exceptions in that list.
If He was black, He didn’t say “Only the nations where they look like Me.”
If He was white, He didn’t say, “Only the nations where they look like Me.”
The enemy has us fighting over the wrong issues with each other: His existence, His color, what He said or didn’t say about certain issues, whether or not He was married and had children, which Bible translation is more accurate, hymns vs. contemporary worship music….
We argue all this, and have allowed the sectarianism which He forbid to invade our thinking, and have separated ourselves while saying we’re of one accord, instead of simply doing what He told us to do: preach the Gospel to the nations who don’t know Him.
Our fruit rots on the vine for all these things we debate that, at their core, are fleshly and of no use Kingdom building.
As Paul admonishes us: Cease from strife. Know nothing but Christ, and Him crucified.
As Christ commands us: Love one another, and fear God, and see the Day of Salvation through the Power of God.
The rest is birdwalking.
Therefore I pray:
Father in Heaven, bring to mind the words of my Lord and Savior when I would be distracted, and need to ‘defend’ against the hard-hearted the nature of His sacrifice. Let me not worry about what I will say, but let the Spirit fill my mouth with what You would want them to know, and speak the Truth in love.
Help me to plant seeds in fertile soil, or to soften hard ground to receive the Good News of the Living Word.
Forgive me when through my silence, I renounce Your presence in my life, and keep my tongue still when I should testify to Your goodness.
I know the plans You have for me, and as You are no respecter of persons, allow me to be gracious in imparting the word of Your willingness to bless another.
Help me too, O Lord, in keeping my own path straight, that I might not cause my brother or sister, new to Your revelation, to stumble, to birdwalk, and stray because of my lack of discipline and self control.
Let my rejoicing in Your salvation of me come through in all that I say and do, and forgive me when the world comes in like a flood, and I forget what You have done in my life.
By the Power of Your blood, and in Your Name, I ask, in faith receiving.