“Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony.” Luke 16:25
The parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus is a tough one for us. Mostly because we are rich and the parable doesn’t look kindly on the rich man who failed to care for Lazarus who was poor, hungry and sick. But if you look at the parable from the perspective of Lazarus it is full of good news. Those who suffer in this life will be comforted in the next. Those who experience injustice in this life at the hands of those who have wealth and power, will see justice given them in the next life. On the whole, though, I think this parable is a strong reminder that what we do in this life matters. Do we look to the needs of others or only to our own needs? God is paying attention to our lives and there will be a judgement. When we think of God’s judgment to we look forward to the comfort He will give or are we concerned about being held accountable for how we’ve treated others?
-Pastor Travis Norton
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