At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table.
“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.
Jesus told a story about a rich man who wore the finest clothes and lived in luxury.
A beggar named Lazarus lay outside the rich man’s gate. Lazarus was hungry and his body was covered with sores.
But every day the Rich man passed by Lazarus without even giving him a thought.
I imagine that he passed by Lazarus so many times that he eventually got to the point that he didn’t see him at all.
The Bible says that Lazarus died and went to heaven.
The rich man also died, but he went to hell.
In hell, he looked up and saw Lazarus in heaven with Abraham.
He asked Abraham to let Lazarus dip his finger in water and come and touch it to his burning tongue, but Abraham said,
Then he reminded the rich man how he had enjoyed such good things on earth while Lazarus had nothing.
The rich man then asked Abraham to allow Lazarus to go back to earth and warn his five brothers so that they would not end up in hell with him, but again, Abraham said, “No.”
God is still sending “wake up” calls to people today.
TODAY’S INSPIRING PRAYER
Let us pray that they will listen to his voice and follow him before it is too late.
Dear Father, when you sound the alarm telling us it is time to wake up and follow you, may we never be guilty of hitting the snooze alarm saying, “Later, Lord.”
Instead, let us rise up and follow you.
In Jesus’ name we pray.Amen.
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