He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. (Matt. 25:33)

WHEN WE MOVED into our new worship space, we had to install emergency exits on either side of the altar area to comply with building codes. Our pastor laughed and said, “OK. Sheep to the right, goats to the left.” The congregation, in good humor, crowded the pews to the right until it was standing room only. The pastor smiled. “Good! May this be the way it is when our Lord comes. Now, let’s turn the left exit into a spiritual entrance—go find some goats and bring them into our fold so they too can become sheep.”

Only God, the Creator and Savior, can turn a goat into a sheep. He did that for you when you accepted Him as your Lord. But He wants us involved in the process of converting others. It may not mean you go into the deepest jungle as a missionary or stand on a corner with a Bible. Most likely He wishes to use you right where you are—walking like you talk, showing what you know, living what you believe—in your neighborhoods, workplaces, and, yes, even in church. John told us in his gospel that the sheep will know the Master and follow His voice. So follow in trust, obedience, and joy. The goats will notice and soon want to tag along as well.

Strive to be a good sheep and attract a few goats.

Julie B. Cosgrove is a widowed Christian author and speaker who lives in Fort Worth, Texas. She is involved with women’s and outreach ministries.