‘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.’ Matthew 25:40
It seems strange to me that in some understandings of Christianity, what matters is what you believe and not what you do. This, of course, is a product of Protestant reaction to what Martin Luther termed the ‘works righteousness’ of the Catholicism of his time.
To a certain degree, that is understandable. We can’t ‘earn’ our way into God’s favor, not least because God’s grace is given for free. But free grace is never cheap it always costs us – costs us our very selves, our whole lives, as Bonhoeffer insisted.
Believing in Jesus is just not the same as following Jesus. Following Jesus, as he makes clear with his parable of the sheep and the goats, means serving his people: the last, the least, the lost. Following Jesus means doing the things he did while he was here with us. It’s that simple. And that hard.
See you on Sunday,