We all live a sheltered existence, our consciousnesses, our perceptions, being the only way we can experience reality. It isn't until we are placed in the overwhelming sensory glory of nature, that the continual narrative of our minds - moaning, complaining, criticising, self-loathing - can come to a pause. Welcome to the beautiful world I made you - come and seek paradise within it . I cannot be found in the dark crevices of a man-made playground, but only by the chirping of the woodland birds, the dappled forest light filtering through the leaves to open paths and clearings, and the sweet smell of spring echoing in the breeze 💐🍃
let the one who believes in me drink. Just as the scripture says, 'From within him will flow rivers of living water.'" -John 7:38
Everything has been made new from the flood of life that the Holy Spirit produces. Leaving old habits aside, we must be emptied for the Holy Spirit to fill us.
Sunset- Pray - Meditate
We are told that the Son of God is destined to judge the living and the dead. 2 Tim.4:1 Everyone- believer and unbeliever alike-must stand before his judgment seat. 2 Cor.5: 10
With this in mind, Jesus' parable of the "sheep and the goats,'" found at Matthew 25:31-46, Should be of interest to us. Why? This parable was the last of three parables/illustrations used by Jesus to explain the final judgment. The first 2 parables (The Ten Virgins and The Talents) specifically allude to the Christians and individuals in that community. The last parable concerning the sheep and goats is presented as a universal judgment taking in "all the nations.'" (Matt 25)
According to the opening words of the story the judgment commences when Christ comes in his kingdom. Jesus plainly states: “When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit down on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.” In the several illustrations regarding the rendering of judgment by the Lord found in Matt 25 (Parable of the Ten Virgins, Parable of the Talents and The Sheep and Goats) there is to be found a common denominator. In all cases adverse judgment is rendered on the basis of some form of neglect. The 5 foolish virgins neglected to bring sufficient oil for their lamps; the unfaithful servant neglected to invest his talent; the goats neglected the humanitarian needs of others, & those Jesus referred to his brothers. All were judged by what they failed to do. Those who received a favorable judgment were appropriately active in whatever circumstances the Lord found them. It is a sobering thought to realize that when the Lord returns to judge the world people will be caught being themselves. What we are as individuals appears much more important in this light than what we believe. 🤔 food for thought!