Luke 16:19-31 “Don’t Be Too Late!”
"There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores. The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. In hell, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’ But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us. He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father’s house, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’ ‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’ ”
This passage needs very little explanation. It was a parable told by Jesus before He was crucified. It is stark. It is a wake-up call to every person walking the face of the earth. Don’t say you weren’t warned, right? If you’re in the earthly “living in luxury” class, consider it more than a warning. Consider it a promise. Follow God’s direction in your stewardship responsibilities; don’t look past the least and the lost.
Don’t wait to tell those closest to you about the wisdom and guidance God has given you. Model the priorities and choices that need to be made. Pray for people to find out the truth of the Bible. Tomorrow never comes when you wait to make the choices that matter, the choices that become daily habits and determine your eternal reality. Not to be harsh, but only today is available to see that you make the right choices, for yourself and the ones you love. You CAN’T be too busy to accept and have faith in Jesus’ sacrifice in your life. You CAN make a difference!!
A personal message...
“These devotions were written to my four children, Christian, Mike, Allison and Alex. By the kids allowing these to be shared publicly, our hope is that the devotions will make a positive and eternal difference in the lives of other young people as they mature. Enjoy. Rick Isaacson”