Are You Feeling Sorted?

32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

Matthew 25:32-33


We have a tendency to sort things in our life.  It doesn’t really seem to matter what it is, we sort it.

When was the last time you counted some money and didn’t sort what you were counting into pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, dollars, etc.  That’s the way we do it.

We sort our clothes, although some of us more than others.  Our hanging clothes are arranged by slacks and shirts, summer and winter.  We have to sort our clothes when you wash them.  (Yes, men, you can’t wash white clothes with pink clothes.) 

Our flatware is sorted in the kitchen drawers.  Forks are in one slot, spoons in another.  And how can we find the Kuerig coffee we want unless we sort the K-Cups by flavors, decaf and regular?

Our government really likes to sort us.  We are sorted by race, income, and education.  (Perhaps that suggests something about government.) 

However, Paul says we are all the sameFor all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Romans 3:23)  We all start from the same place.

But there will come a day when that “final sort” will take place.  Just like the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, those with a relationship with Jesus will be separated from those without that relationship.  At that time, we can’t simply start over as if we were sorting money or sorting clothes.  Once that sorting is done, we will each be responsible for how we lived our lives; for ourselves, or serving God. 

Go ahead.  Sort those pennies and quarters.  Sort your clothes and coffee.  But live your life for God.  Remember, He has the last “sort.”

~Charles A. Kalkomey