I don't know about you, but I have always found this Gospel passage from Matthew a bit sobering, if not chilling. It causes me to sit up and take notice. First, the separation of the sheep and the goats. The thought that, we could, at the end of our lives, be judged by the Lord to be "goats” and not enter into the Kingdom is like a glass of cold water in the face.
If Jesus had ended this discussion with his disciples there, we would be troubled indeed. But he uses the analogy, like the exceptional teacher he is, to launch a concrete explanation of how to make sure they are not (and we are not) goats, separated from him for all eternity. Whew, we think, there's a way to ensure that doesn't happen and everything will be okay.