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08/29/2014

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Don't Be A Goat


"All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left" (Matt.25:32-33).

I have never been exactly sure why Jesus will characterize the sheep as the winners and goats as the losers... Neither are particularly clean or intelligent, with the edge going to the sheep for their usefulness, but I guess that's a question for the ages... The only thing we can garner from this comparison is that we don't want to be the goats. What we have talked about for the last two days should now ring true for us... Though I'm not quite sure about all the bad habits of goats, the role of the sheep has been clearly marked out for us... We are to to follow Jesus, our Shepherd... We are to recognize Him through His voice, the Word, and follow Him implicitly. Having been called to Him through the Gospel we must understand that He knows us, feeds us, guides us, and cherishes us. Those blessings in themselves are are of a magnitude that is really beyond description and should in itself be enough. But over and over we are reminded of the blessings that come with being His sheep..."The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His names sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me. Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table for me in the presence of my enemies; you have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows. Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever..." (Psa 23). Lets all do what we're supposed to do as sheep, so that we won't be the goats...

Have a great day... Make a difference.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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