devotional post #2013
Luk 16:19 “There was a rich man who dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted opulently every day.
Luk 16:20 But at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus whose body was covered with sores,
Luk 16:21 who longed to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Also, the dogs came and licked his sores.
Luk 16:22 “Now the poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s presence. The rich man also died and was buried.
Luk 16:23 And in Hades, he lifted up his eyes, while he was in torment, seeing Abraham from far off and Lazarus in his presence.
what God is looking for
The rich man and Lazarus is the last in a string of stories Jesus told in response to
the Pharisees criticism of the riffraff that Jesus was associating with.1 We can read
those stories in Luke 15-16.
- a shepherd leaves his 99 sheep in the wilderness and searches for the one that he lost,
- a woman ransacks her house looking for a coin that she had lost,
- a prodigal son returns, and is welcomed by his father, but not by his older brother,
- an employee is about to be fired, so he makes sure that he has plenty of friends to take care of him when that happens.
Jesus got to the point of these stories when he told those Pharisees “You like to appear righteous in public, but God knows your hearts.” The parable of the rich man and Lazarus highlights the fact that some people think their eternal destiny is safe because
they are currently doing OK. But God is looking for people who know they need him. He is looking for people who repent of their sins and trust in his gospel of grace.
LORD, we trust in your grace, not in our self-confidence.