We all know the familiar bible passage about the Rich Man and Lazarus. (Luke 16:19-31). What always struck me about this scripture is that the rich man never thought that the tables would, or could be turned on him. Actually, the rich man never thought nor considered many things, one of which was Lazarus.
He never considered Lazarus and his needs for money or healthcare. He just went along with his daily business unbothered, although a need was placed right at his doorsteps. Are we indeed so different from this Rich Man? In many ways we are actually similar, in that needs of others are ubiquitously placed before us all the time. What am I trying to say? I am saying that all of us have a Lazarus. Therefore, the only difference between us and the Rich Man is the varying amounts of money God has placed in our hands to give. But we all have something to give?
In many ways this biblical story speaks about the heart condition of men and not necessary a rich man in isolation. Because all of us are rich when lined up against someone who is poor and destitute. Jehovah is telling us that our heart condition and how we extend ourselves to others can affect our relationship with Him and ultimately our access to Him. (I encourage you to read this blog post: Questions God would Ask Me which reminds us what God is looking for and going to judge us on).
Today I would like us to adjust the lenses of our lives and bring the needs of others into focus. I am sure God has placed a Lazarus in your life somewhere. Someone who is in need for some financial assistance, medical assistance, emotional assistance and the infinite list goes on. Remember one day we can be the Rich Man and on another day we an be Lazarus.
All life has an expiration date, so let’s use the one given to us to the fullest before our day comes. The Rich Man never considered this and look where he ended up, in hell. You see, “Heaven is prepared for the prepared, and hell is prepared for the unprepared”.
Some persons think that there is no hell and this is just a myth derived by men. But I would have you know that we live in a life of opposites and nothing is established without it’s opposite. There is no up without a down, no in without an out, no man without woman, no light without darkness, AND no Heaven without hell.
That place of suffering is real as they come and when God calls me home I pray it is to His side and not to hell. Therefore, with renewed urgency I am going to live right and do right. My brothers and sisters, I encourage us today to start widening our view and sensitizing ourselves to those in need around us. By caring for and loving others is a sure way to please God and let the world know that we are His disciples.
John 13:35 “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another”
PS: Dane Miller was last seen on the lookout for any Lazarus God was sending his way today.
Your Brother in the Lord,
Dane Miller | Author
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