4 Surprising Things to Expect on Judgment Day
You will be judged for how you cared for others.
The second story (or parable) that Jesus tells His disciples about Judgment Day is known as the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats (Matthew 25:31-46). In this parable the king comes and sits in judgment on his people. As he separates his people as one would separate the sheep from the goats, his criteria is what’s surprising:
Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me’ (Matthew 25:34-36).
His people are surprised at this criteria, and the king replies ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me’ (Matthew 25:40). This judgment is surprising is because it goes against how the average Christian is conditioned today. We know the greatest commandment is to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength (Matthew 22:37). What we tend to do is separate that from our responsibility to love others. We think that if we focus all our attention on God, He will be pleased. Getting around to loving others is optional. But when Jesus gave us the greatest commandment in Matthew 22:37-38, He also added that just as important is ‘loving your neighbor as yourself’. This speaks to the deeper truth that the best way to love God is to love others. On Judgment Day, this is what we will be held to account for.