Rob Bell in his book, "What We Talk About When We Talk About God"
“Jesus told a story about a king who was making decisions about his
subjects, separating people "as a shepherd separates the sheep from the
goats." The sheep, we learn, are the ones who brought the king food when
he was hungry and water when he was thirsty and clothes when he was
naked and looked after him when he was sick and visited him when he was in prison.
The sheep are confused when they learn of their good standing with the king.
"Uhhhhhhh, king?" they protest. "When were you hungry or thirsty or
naked or lonely or sick? We've never seen that!" They ask because of
course they understand the king to be quite wealthy, not lacking in
basic necessities like food, clothing, and friends.
He responds, "Whatever you did for the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."
The king here makes the astounding claim that he is somehow present
with and standing in solidarity with all of them, and that love and care
and compassion shown to others is love for him.
stories like this one often, stories that speak to the divine presence
in every single one of our interactions—a unity, power, and love present
in all things, hidden right here in plain sight.
Jesus told raises the haunting question: What are we missing? Is there
an entire world, right here within this one, as close as our breath, but
we aren't seeing it because we're moving too fast, we're separated from
the source, cut off from the depths, our eyes not as open as they could
Jesus comes to help us see things as they truly are,
moving forward, with greater and greater connectivity, higher and higher
levels of hierarchy leading to holism beyond even us as all matter is
permeated by the redeeming energy and power of God.
Christians had a way of talking about this massive movement, bigger than
any one of us, that's sweeping across human history: they wrote that
God is in the process of moving everything forward so that God will be
over all and through all and in all, and in another passage in the Bible
it's written that God does what God does so that God may be all in all.