What matters to God is the good we do toward others on his behalf. Jesus paints an astonishing image: if you want to heal the wounds of God, you nurse the wounds of the world. This is how he divides it up. The goats are those who only cared about themselves, and the sheep are those whose lives are marked by compassion and action. However you describe it, they gave themselves to create a better world.
“What matters to God is the good we do toward others on his behalf.” I love that, you could just leave that by itself and live by it. If we do good things in his name, not because we want his favor, but because we truly want to do good by his people, then we have the right idea.
Jesus makes clear that the righteous people in his parable didn’t help the poor to try to earn God’s love or earn a place in God’s kingdom. Their service to others was a genuine reflection of their hearts.
Did Jesus not show a genuine reflection of his heart in everything he did? Well of course he did, you would say, and that is true, but the other truth to this is that his heart was his fathers heart. Jesus was so in tune with God that his desires were Gods’ desires.
And Jesus said multiple times that he came for the sick, not the healthy.
So my challenge is for all of us is to tune in our heart’s desires to God’s desires. Let us all be genuine hearts after God’s heart despite the difficulties we will face. Let us all be like sheep whose lives are marked by compassion and action.