“Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.”
Jesus spoke of two men in the same condition.
One was poor, the other rich.
Both died, yet they went to two different places.
One was comforted in this life, the other comforted in eternity.
“And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.”
The wealth of the rich man could not buy his salvation, nor rescue him after he reached his eternal destination.
“Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.”
In his torment, he begged for even a drop of mercy and pleaded for his friends and family to be warned of their fate should they not repent.
Will it be too late before we get that kind of burden for the lost?
Lazarus was a beggar before he died, and had received evil things during his lifetime. He may not have had the good things that the rich man possessed, but he received far greater rewards in eternity.
Are we focusing on the temporal or that which has eternal value?
Every day we have to choose whether to live for today or in light of eternity.
We must trade the riches of this world for the riches of His grace!
“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”
1 Chronicles 23-24 | Colossians 3 | Proverbs 30-31
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