Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | June 19, 2019

When Roles Are Reversed

“And being in torment in Hades, he looked up and saw Abraham, a long way off, with Lazarus at his side.” Luke 16:23 (ESV)

Money wasn’t an issue – he had the best of anything he could have ever wanted. Doing without didn’t even enter his line of thinking. Spoiled and living it up was more attuned to his lifestyle. Never missed a meal – always indulging in the most delicious food. Clothed in the finest purple and linen. Rich, extravagant and totally unaware of the needs surrounding him.

Begging for just a crumb from the Rich Man’s table is where you find Lazarus. Stomach empty and probably aching. Head throbbing and covered in sores. Humility long gone as dogs licked his sores. Dirty, smelly clothes tattered and worn day after day. Poor, needy and totally aware of those around him.

Jesus speaks this parable to a captive audience (Luke 16:19). Teaching them the appearance of happy, success and riches in this world doesn’t equate to the eternal joy of living in His presence. Enlightening them to the proper attitude toward wealth. Demonstrating how quickly roles can be reversed. One who was never without, never in desperation finds himself in torment begging for relief. Where is the one who begged outside his gates? Lazarus is enjoying the bounty, freedom and beauty of Heaven. Totally healed – all pain and sorrow erased. Full to overflowing – never again in need.

Rich or poor – we will one day face eternity. Our wealth or lack of will not decide our fate. Our status will hold no influence; there’s no favoritism with God. The good we did on this earth isn’t enough to secure our place. Who was in our tribe won’t dictate our future. Only those who place their trust and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ will experience life everlasting. The old will pass away; all things will become new. Our future will be sealed…..roles will be reversed…..the first will be last and the last will be first. God’s divine order will reign, and we who believe in Him will spend eternity with our Savior.

Sweet friend put your faith in the One who sent His Only Son to this darkened world so we could one day live with Him forever. No one knows the hour…no one knows the day when our life on this earth will end – don’t excuse away God’s invitation. It’s the most important decision you will ever make – choose well.

“Father, we eagerly anticipate Your return, we long for Your presence and dream of the moment we will finally see You face to face.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

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