“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink?’ Matthew 25:37
Surprise! That’s my first thought reading the parable of the sheep and the goats. Everyone is surprised by how the King decides who will enter into eternal life and who will depart into eternal punishment. We might expect the wicked to be surprised, evil always deceives itself into thinking it’s good. But the righteous are surprised too. I love that about them. They weren’t doing good in order to gain some kind of leverage on God. They fed the hungry and gave drink to the thirsty because it was who they were inside and out. Now my question is, why did Jesus tell us this story? He ruined the surprise now that we know how He will judge us on the last day. Maybe the better question is, what will we do now that we know how this ends.