Do you still have breath in your lungs? Are you reading this today? Then it’s not too late for you. This could be the first day of the rest of your life if you are willing to make a decision that will change your destiny. Don’t put it off figuring you can make it happen later. We aren’t guaranteed tomorrow! What would it take for you to grab a hold of today and transform your life? What would it take for you to become salt and light? Do you think you have it all and don’t need anything? Are you sure? Do you know your final destination? I hope to get to spend eternity with you in Heaven! Will you join me?
Will you the choose eternity with God before it is too late?
Let’s take a look at what this morning’s reading speaks to us…
The Rich Man and Lazarus
19“There was once a rich man who dressed in the most expensive clothes and lived in great luxury every day. 20There was also a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who used to be brought to the rich man’s door, 21hoping to eat the bits of food that fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs would come and lick his sores. 22The poor man died and was carried by the angels to sit beside Abraham at the feast in heaven. The rich man died and was buried, 23and in Hades, where he was in great pain, he looked up and saw Abraham, far away, with Lazarus at his side. 24So he called out, ‘Father Abraham! Take pity on me, and send Lazarus to dip his finger in some water and cool off my tongue, because I am in great pain in this fire!’ 25But Abraham said, ‘Remember, my son, that in your lifetime you were given all the good things, while Lazarus got all the bad things. But now he is enjoying himself here, while you are in pain. 26Besides all that, there is a deep pit lying between us, so that those who want to cross over from here to you cannot do so, nor can anyone cross over to us from where you are.’ 27The rich man said, ‘Then I beg you, father Abraham, send Lazarus to my father’s house, 28where I have five brothers. Let him go and warn them so that they, at least, will not come to this place of pain.’ 29Abraham said, ‘Your brothers have Moses and the prophets to warn them; your brothers should listen to what they say.’ 30The rich man answered, ‘That is not enough, father Abraham! But if someone were to rise from death and go to them, then they would turn from their sins.’ 31But Abraham said, ‘If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone were to rise from death.’”
–from Luke 16
With Jesus we have the promise of spending eternity in Heaven with Him. Let’s receive Jesus into our hearts as our Lord and Savior and then choose to receive God’s grace, mercy, and peace as we live out this side of eternity on earth. So let’s live life the way we are supposed to with the Holy Spirit. Let’s allow our faith to grow and to strengthen an encourage us to press on for the glory of God. Remember that God’s Spirit that He has given us doesn’t make us timid, rather He fills us up to overflowing with power, love, and self-control. So don’t be afraid to share the Good News! Let’s make today make a difference!
We see this message as we continue in today’s reading in a letter from Paul to Timothy…
1From Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by God’s will, sent to proclaim the promised life which we have in union with Christ Jesus— 2To Timothy, my dear son:May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord give you grace, mercy, and peace.
Thanksgiving and Encouragement
3I give thanks to God, whom I serve with a clear conscience, as my ancestors did. I thank him as I remember you always in my prayers night and day. 4I remember your tears, and I want to see you very much, so that I may be filled with joy. 5I remember the sincere faith you have, the kind of faith that your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice also had. I am sure that you have it also. 6For this reason I remind you to keep alive the gift that God gave you when I laid my hands on you. 7For the Spirit that God has given us does not make us timid; instead, his Spirit fills us with power, love, and self-control. — from 2 Timothy 1
So where are you at? So what will you do? Not sure where to go? Not sure where to turn? Turn to God? Seek Him with all of your heart, all of your mind, all of your strength, and all of your soul and you will find Him. Turn to His Word for wisdom for those who as God for wisdom will receive it because He gives it liberally without finding fault.
Today’s reading continues into Proverbs to give us wisdom for today…
17People who listen when they are corrected will live, but those who will not admit that they are wrong are in danger. 18Anyone who hides hatred is a liar. Anyone who spreads gossip is a fool. 19The more you talk, the more likely you are to sin. If you are wise, you will keep quiet. 20A good person’s words are like pure silver; a wicked person’s ideas are worthless. 21A good person’s words will benefit many people, but you can kill yourself with stupidity. 22It is the Lord’s blessing that makes you wealthy. Hard work can make you no richer. 23It is foolish to enjoy doing wrong. Intelligent people take pleasure in wisdom. 24The righteous get what they want, but the wicked will get what they fear most. 25Storms come, and the wicked are blown away, but honest people are always safe. 26Never get a lazy person to do something for you; he will be as irritating as vinegar on your teeth or smoke in your eyes. 27Obey the Lord, and you will live longer. The wicked die before their time. 28The hopes of good people lead to joy, but wicked people can look forward to nothing. 29The Lord protects honest people, but destroys those who do wrong. 30Righteous people will always have security, but the wicked will not survive in the land. 31Righteous people speak wisdom, but the tongue that speaks evil will be stopped. 32Righteous people know the kind thing to say, but the wicked are always saying things that hurt. –from Proverbs 10