November 26, 2017. "Taking a Test." Matthew 25: 31-46.
What is your most vivid memory of taking a test? For many, Christianity is often portrayed as preparation for a final exam. In today's reading, it is final exam week for Jesus. To the surprise of everyone, when Jesus returns, final exams will have already been completed. The sheep pass the test. The goats fail the test. The world judges us in other ways. In the eyes of the world, most of us will never score high. This lesson is a call to life. The church exists for the world, its welfare, and its transformation. The Great Commission of Christ the King balances evangelical outreach with teaching ministry. Teaching all Jesus has commanded includes this text.