QUIET STRENGTH: MEN'S BIBLE STUDY
SESSION 6: WHAT IS YOUR LEGACY?
MAY 4, 2015
THIS WEEK'S STUDY AND PREPARATION
- Read the “Study It” section on pages 66-67 of Quiet Strength: Men's Bible Study
- An excerpt:
If there's one idea that you should've picked up by now in the six studies, it's that you matter. You matter to God. You matter to those around you. What you do matters. What you leave undone matters. For better or worse, you were leaving a legacy. Whether you like it or not, the world -- and especially those around you -- is affected by the way you act, the things you say, and the things you do.
- Read Matthew 25:31-46
The Final Judgment
31 “But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’
37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’
41 “Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons. 42 For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink. 43 I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’
44 “Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’
45 “And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’
46 “And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.”
Join in the discussion by using the comments section below to post your responses to the questions on Page 66 of Quiet Strength: Men's Bible Study:
- What are the differences between the sheep and the goats in this passage?
- Which of the things in verses 35-36 have you done?
- What are some of the other things you or others you know have done that could be included in the list in verses 35-36?
- What do you verses 40 and 45 say about the impact of your actions?
- What does this passage say about the legacy you're building?
- What does this passage motivate you to do differently with the remaining years of your life?
- From pages 67 of Quiet Strength: Men's Bible Study:
Noticed that in this passage, the sheep and goats were not surprised at which group they ended up in. Instead, they were surprised that Jesus' reaction to how they lived. They were deemed righteous or wicked in the way they approached Jesus. If you want to live a legacy that really lasts, if you want to make a real difference in this world, if you want to be counted with the righteous at the Final Judgment, you must rely on Jesus. If you fully give your life to Jesus, tremendous, world-changing works will flow out of your life, and you will share in the eternal reward and celebration of your legacy.
Spend a few minutes in silent prayer. Take a moment right now to think about where you stand before Jesus. If you have never turned control of your life over to Jesus or claimed Him as your Lord, take this opportunity to do so. If there are parts of your life that you are holding back from Jesus, give them over to Him during this time.