There is a gripping account in the Book of Luke about the rich man and Lazarus. As all of us will do someday, they both died. But before then, the rich man lived life to the fullest. Dressed as only riches will afford and deprived himself of nothing. Did as he wished daily – withheld no pleasure.

Then there was Lazarus. Sores from head to toe. No comfort, no food, no water, no help. Moreover, dogs licked his sores. What a deplorable existence! He sat at the gate of the rich man begging looking earnestly for crumbs that would fall from his table.

Oh, but God is the equalizer! The tables turned.
When the poor man died, he was carried by angels into Abraham’s bosom; but the rich man in hell lifted up his eyes being tormented. People don’t like talking about hell, can’t blame them; it must be an indescribable horrid place. Rest assure God sends no one to hell. It was not made for man but for the devil and his angels, so supported by Matthew 25:41.

Everyone, without exception (that ends up there), has themselves chosen to go there. Turning from all God has put in place to rescue souls. Sidestepping justice, truth, and mercy. Leaning to their own understanding resulted in their eternal destination, hell by their own hands.

Did the rich man sell drugs and run a brothel? Did he steal or kill? No, that wasn’t the case. The Word says He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth sheep on His right hand but the goats on the left.
Why?


Because of what is required of us as the family of God – to be tenderhearted and caring.

Most of us have much more than we need.
How often do we neglect to help!
Have we become those who passed by the Samaritan, or told the blind man to be quiet or tried to keep the children away from Christ?
Have you toiled, prayed, and fasted for those who are lost?
What about taking the time to share a burden or carry a brother or sister until they could stand on their own?

Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

Matthew 7:22

But, were they sent? So powerful is the Name of Jesus; some miracles were done for God’s namesake. They persisted in disobedience – not doing the will of Him who sent them. Our duty is to Love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself.

Obedience to God promotes the reasonable service as Christ point’s out “For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison and, ye came unto me…Then the righteous answered and saying, Lord, when saw we Thee?… Then shall He answer them, saying, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me.” Matthew 25: 35-40

Ref: Luke 16:19-31