THEME: Consequence Of Selfishness
PASSAGE: Luke 16:19-31
HYMN: MHB 580 – DISMISS me not Thy service Lord.
MEMORY VERSE: 2 Corinthians 9:11 “You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us, your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”
It is obvious that the allotment of divine providence is not evenly based, though this does not mean that God the giver of all good things is partial. He only wants us to be our brothers’ keeper. God affirms this by saying that there will always be poor people in the land but commanded the rich not to be hard-hearted or tight-fisted, but to be open-handed or generous towards the poor and the needy (Deut. 15:7-11). Note that this is a command from the Almighty God and it is not negotiable.
The story of the rich man and Lazarus in our passage today is an example of the disposition of selfishness, insensitivity to the environment, and the plight of others, man’s inhuman treatment to man and greediness. The rich man fed sumptuously every day, lavished his wealth on himself and cared not for the needy around him while the homeless and poverty-stricken Lazarus waited every day at his gate, in order to get crumbs from the table. Unfortunately, instead of getting crumbs, the rich man’s dogs always come to lick Lazarus’ sores to further expose them to flies
.When death, the inevitable and leveler, took the two of them, the rich man was taken to hell, where he was tormented; while poor Lazarus was taken to the bosom of Abraham. The rich man wanted Lazarus to dip the tips of his finger in the water and give it to him, in order to assuage his thirst. This indicates the level of torment he was experiencing.
We should note that the rich man did not go to hell because he was rich, but because he failed to help the needy as the Lord commanded. God gave everything to us in order to benefit others and we shall all give an account of our stewardship.
PRAYER: Help me, Lord, to be generous to the less privileged and bless me as I do this in Jesus. Amen.

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