Day: May 20, 2020
serve: to answer the needs of, to supply or provide with something needed; to be useful
Jesus told a parable of a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen. When we think of purple, we think of royalty. That’s us. We are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood.
The Open Bible (KJV) translated that this man was brought to the gate and God brings people to us – people who are sick, poor, hurting, hungry, and needy like Lazarus. This man was brought to the gate sick (full of sores) and hungry. He desired to be fed with the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table, but no one fed him. This man was in need of help and someone brought him to the gate because the one inside of the gate was able to meet his need. But the dog did more for Lazarus than the rich man. He licked his sores, which not only cleansed his sores, but it also helped in the healing process.
One day, the rich man and Lazarus died. Lazarus was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom, but the rich man died and was buried. While the rich man was being tormented in hell, he looked up and saw Abraham from a distance with Lazarus in his bosom. The first thing he cried for was mercy, but he never showed Lazarus mercy. Then, he asked Abraham to let Lazarus dip the tip of his finger in the water and cool his tongue yet he never gave Lazarus anything to drink on earth. The rich man never went to where Lazarus was, but he wanted Lazarus to come to where he was. Then, he asked Abraham to send Lazarus to his brothers to warn them and to witness them so that they wouldn’t end up where he was. The rich man saw Lazarus suffering, but refused to help him. But now that he was suffering, he wanted Lazarus’ help.
It seems that the rich man learned nothing while he was on earth. The person he was in hell was the same person he was on the earth. He still desired to be served, but refused to serve others.
Despite his ways, Abraham still called the rich man ‘son’. Son, remember that in your lifetime you received good things while Lazarus received evil things, but now he is comforted and you are tormented. Isn’t that what God calls those who receive Jesus Christ? Doesn’t he call us His son (or daughter)? But the rich man represented what the church shouldn’t look like.
When God blesses us, He blesses us to be a blessing to others. This is why we were born – to serve others, not just ourselves. God had given the rich man more than enough to share with others. He gave him what others needed, but instead he chose to take care of his own needs.
Maybe you’re not rich in finances, but you should be rich in love, rich in compassion and rich in the word of God.
The scriptures tells us that people will be lovers of their own selves, but choose to become lovers of God because when you love God, you love His people. If anyone says, “I love God’, but hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen (1 John 4:20).
Let us learn how to serve.
Jesus told a parable of a rich man who wore expensive clothes and had a feast – food and drink every day. He was not named, but there was a beggar named Lazarus who was laid at the gate. The Open Bible (KJV) translated that this man was brought to the gate sick, full of sores and hungry. He desired to be fed with the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table, but no one fed him.
Soon, they both died. Lazarus was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom, but the rich man died and was buried. While the rich man was being tormented in hell, he looked up and saw Abraham from a distance with Lazarus in his bosom.
One of the things I noticed from this parable was how their lives were reversed. Son, remember that in your lifetime you received good things while Lazarus received evil things, but now he is comforted and you are tormented (Luke 16:25).
Even in a pandemic, some things are being reversed. Things are about to change. God knows what He is doing. His plan is to prosper His people, and that plan has not changed. He is turning things around. God is going to undo what the enemy did to you. Wealth is changing hands – from the hands of the sinner to the hands of the just. Those who are beneath will be above and the tail will become the head.
Lazarus’ name means ‘God has helped’ and your help has come. Not only will you be comforted, but you will receive good things.