The sheep that will enter into eternal life are the ones who gave a glass of cool water to the thirsty
You can articulate all the right theology but if it doesn’t lead you to giving a cup of cold water for the thirsty, food for the hungry, and declaring freedom for the oppressed and the captives, then all you are doing is whistling nonsense.
The One Who Wouldn’t Look Away
Ps Sam Powell
The words of the gospel are important but they should lead to actions. Jesus said love for God and love for neighbor – that’s what all of the prophets are about. On those two commandments hang all the laws and the prophets.
Knowing all the uses of the Greek participle, or being able to speak intelligently of the Trinity, or being able to articulate the Ordo Salutis, or having memorized the catechism — all of those things are good things. But if they don’t lead to giving a cup of cold water for the thirsty, and food for the hungry, and declaring freedom for the oppressed and the captives, then all we are doing is whistling nonsense.
Only Jesus can call Lazarus from the tomb. Only Jesus can give newness of life. But when Jesus called Lazarus from the tomb he gave the people standing there a tremendous privilege. They could share in that work. When Jesus called Lazarus from the tomb he could easily moved the stone himself. He could have easily uncovered all the things that bound Lazarus, but He wanted His people there to share in that work of redemption. So He said, “Roll away the stone.” He said, “Untie him. Let him go.” Jesus could zap salvation into anyone, but He has given us a tremendous privilege to share in that work.
Proclaim liberty to the captives. Give a glass of water to the thirsty. Visit those in prison. Be a voice for the oppressed. Don’t look the other way. Sit with the suffering. Weep with the prisoner. Listen to the brokenhearted. Or, as Peter says, “Be ye holy, saith the Lord, for I am holy.”
This is paraphrase (beginning at 38:26) from Ps Powell’s sermon, The One Who Wouldn’t Look Away, which can be found in its entirety at sermon audio.