Luke 16: 19-29 (ESV)
“There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20 And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, 21 who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried, 23 and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. 24 And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.’ 25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’ 27 And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house— 28 for I have five brothers—so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ 29 But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’
This morning in the sermon we will be talking about how we view our money and possessions, the things the rich man had plenty of and the poor man suffered without… but I also wanted to take the opportunity here to point out how crucial our role is in reaching the lost and how short the time is to tell our loved ones about what is most important! This rich man undoubtedly thought he was winning at life and had a grasp on what was important, only to have his eyes opened to the truth when he died.
Over the last couple of weeks I’ve heard Ashlyn randomly repeat the line “Sorry, I was eating a Milky Way” from a commercial she saw – and it always makes me think of the biker getting a tattoo where the lady writes “No Regerts” because she was distracted.
But what about us? If you died today would there be anyone that you wished that you would have told about the truth? Would you have any regrets? As Abraham said, the truth is here and available and people are speaking it… but I wonder if there is someone that you know that has proven deaf to other’s words that would benefit from you going to them personally and making an appeal? After all, we are Christ’s ambassadors. At the very least we will be able to not regret our silence, and we may even gain a new brother or sister in the Lord.
Striving alongside you for the prize,