by Christina Farris
19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house:
28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. The devil is always looking for new converts and they rest in the attitude of you think you are better then me or I am better then you attitude. It is the God like attitude of the person speaking without thought of how they speak. I do not think I better then anyone else if I did, I be God, no I am not God and neither is anyone but God. Yet we find the attitude in how people treat others. The attitude I give you my leftover crumbs instead of a loaf of bread, or a plate of food. It can come to you only deserve handme downs or things going to the dump anyway attitude that can be seen in people that think they are better then everyone else.
God does not mine leftovers, or people that seem to be sitting at the city gate waiting for handout that people know they do not deserve. There is a song called Old Man and a fiddle. The song talks of how the auctioneer was auctioning off this antique fiddle and the value went from a penny or two to couple hundred dollars by the time the fiddle master tuned the fiddle and straighten and cleaned it up, making it worth more. We might not see the value of a person because of their rags, but their rags are only a testimony how hard their life has been. No one knows the story behind the rags. Some to proverty, and others to bad choices they made. Not every story is the same. Some people just down on their luck, some would say, but their value once change, when they are able to help themselves to a better life. God see the value in people and their situation. The man at the gate forced to beg could of in this life help the rich man maybe with an errand or two. Don't know if the beggar had any problems other then he was begging for the scraps of a rich man table.
When I started my camper top project, it came with the idea these old parts would work, right now it beginning to take shape and soon windows will be in place. Scrapes of metal make interesting projects if you know how to use them, or decide to make something work that never been tried before. The point being we still do not know how this project will turn out, even though it is beginning to look good. All we know is why you take someone in need of helping hand the person either shapes up to something before or lands up in the same rut it was before. This camper top could still land up in the garabage heap. However there is a point, When we help someone, dress them up it does not always change their situation. It might bring a little comfort and not much else. This man at the city gate watching the rich man enter daily knew who had crumbs, and knew he could get at least get crumbs. Yet the rich man knew he could of done more for him if he not seen him as disposable or human waste.
We live in a world where people see people as disposable at times, and truth every human life is precious if only to God. Each life should be precious to all of us. The richman dies and finds himself in hell and the poor man finds himself in heaven resting in Abraham's bosom(the place heaven is called by the Jews). The man in hell looks up and see this wide gulf between him and heaven only discover that the flames were tormenting him, and the man that he had tormented was resting in heaven. He could see the man he could of helped, but passed up the opportunity everyday.
The man ask Abraham please just send that man to give me a drink of water. He was asking to bring that poor man from his comfort in heaven to wet his thirst in hell. He would not even ask that man to work for him on earth. Neither would he testify of God to his family while on earth to keep them from landing up where he did. He asked Abraham at least to warn his family. Abraham response was they had Moses and the prophets. Even if he wanted to help he could not, for there was separation between heaven and hell. Two worlds being separate.
Our fate is sealed upon the day we die, of where we spend eternity. It has no bearing if you are rich or poor but if you believe the one's God's sent to save your soul his name is Jesus. Jesus is telling the story, at that time faith in what the prophets spoke was important, the cross had not happened at this point. Faith in God is about belief in his word and what his word declares. It began with Old time faith of Israel to the time of Christ and Christians after the cross, believing that God loves us and sent Jesus to be the Savior to the world.
If we can only see the beauty of the person not so lovely to us, rich or poor, middle class, it matters not. Color of skin and other things that divide people with no end. If we can see the plight of our world of people that need to recognize they are not God, but human like everyone else. Some with the ability to rise up and others that seem to only be able to bow. Yet what we learn is people are human, and faith in the heart is unseen. The poor man at the gate could of seen hell, but he believe in God's mercy and forgiveness, the rich man did not.
When we reach up to the throne of heaven we are all like the poor man asking God for crumbs, but God takes us as we are and changes us for his glory and honor. Changing us to be men and women of faith, that shines like the new day sun. The opportunity to help someone is always there, but God takes us when we admit our imperfection and our need of a loving Savior. That we are not equal to him, but need him daily in our life.
Dear Heavenly Father, help us to recognize our enability above your greatest and power, your love for us and desire to enable and to change us for you glory. Taking us as we are and calling us your child, knowing you will take care of us. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:James 2:1-6 KJV
1 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.
2 For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment;
3 And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:
4 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?
5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?
6 But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?