In Matthew chapter 25, Jesus is teaching about the kingdom of God. He tells two parables.
The first is about the idea that we have to keep watch, because we don’t know the day or the hour of Jesus’ return.
The second parable paints a picture of stewardship, and that God has given us some resources while we’re on earth that He wants us to do something with.
After telling these parables, He speaks more candidly about the Kingdom:
Jesus is telling us what he values: people. He’s suggesting that the way we treat those who are in need, strangers to us, or in pain is in fact how we treat Him.
While the two parables before this describe primarily our relationship with Him in how we wait for His return and in how we steward our time on earth, we learn from Jesus here that He is also concerned with our relationships with those around us.
It’s important that we wrestle with that. Who are the poor and hurting around us? How are we treating them like Kings?
Jesus says this about His Kingdom in Matthew 20:
“So those who are last now will be first then, and those who are first will be last.” We’re called to bring that Kingdom to our neighborhoods.”
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