I know many of you have heard this parable explained and taught as being an end of the world judgement of God. He comes and separates the sheep from the goats and the sheep go to eternal life with Him in Heaven and the goats go to eternal punishment in Hell.
You are taught that this parable is about people but let me share with you an understanding received from the Spirit of God. I think you shall be pleasantly surprised and find that your Heavenly Father is much more merciful than you have imagined.
He says in the parable "I was hungered and you gave me meat,thirsty and you gave me drink,a stranger and you took me in,naked and you clothed me,sick and you visited me,in prison and you came to me. He said these things to the sheep and of course we know he said the opposite to the goats.
The whole story is about the New Creation Man inside of you and not the end of the world or age where good people go to Heaven and bad people go to Hell. It's about "Christ In You" the "Hope of Glory". Did your thoughts and words feed Him or clothe Him? When He was thirsty did your words and thoughts refresh and energize Him? When He was in prison or naked because of bad religious teaching did you visit Him with words of righteousness? When that New Man within you was sick because of hearing unsound doctrines of man did your words and thoughts nourish
Him back to health? Well if they didn't God is coming with His Holy Angels-His Thoughts and Words and because of His Great Mercy and Grace as you call upon Him from you heart. He is going to pick you up again and again if need be by separating your thoughts so you can walk with Him again.
He's coming to refresh you and arrange your thoughts and the goats He'll drive out by His Visitation on your soul. He will then want you to tend to your sheep by agreeing in your thoughts and your words with His thoughts and words of who you are IN CHRIST.
As you do this you are feeding the
"Christ In You" allowing that New Creation Man to grow up INTO HIM in all things. The goats are going to everlasting punishment because you are banishing them from your thoughts and speech by your continual confession of who Christ is in you and what He has done in you according to His Word.
This is an understanding you can rest your mind on and be assured if you are depressed or weary in your soul the cries from your heart to your Father will bring His Presence and Holy Angels to rescue you in His Perfect Timing.