V. What Will You Do?

      My hope is that as you read through this website on Charles M. Sheldon and the Social Gospel, that something stirred inside you. My hope is that you might reread parts of it again to get a better understanding of what was being said, and how it can apply to you. My hope is that you will feel challenged to look at your own Christianity and determine whether or not you are living a life that is following in the steps of the Master.

      "What Would Jesus Do?" is a question we need to ask ourselves several times during our busy day. It is awesome to know that our God gives us many opportunities a day to serve Him, to give praise to Him and to love Him, and we simply do not see it because we are so "caught up" in our busyness. Take the time to watch and listen for those "God moments" - when God gives you the opportunity to serve Him. Be a minister to a lonely student, step in and stand up for someone who is being ridicule or laughed at, or speak up when someone is bashing your faith or beliefs or lifestyle and defend what God has created in you; and most importantly, be kind to one another. There is so much hatred and injustice in this world we could do without anymore.

      Look for those opportunities when they present themselves to be able to stand back and say, "What Would Jesus Do?" then most importantly, "What Will I Do?"

      The following is from Matthew 25: 31-46 in regards to doing God's will here on earth and the results of that on the final judgment day:

Matthew 25: 31-46
      "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, 'Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.'

      Then the righteous will answer him,'Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?' And the king will answer them, 'Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.' Then he will say to those at his left hand, 'You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.' Then they will answer, 'Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?' Then he will answer them, 'Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.' And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."18


18The Holy Bible, Matthew 25:31-46.


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