Many people come up with their own ideologies about life, the scriptures, and death which prompts them to have hypothetical conversations. Fortunately, the Bible provides insight on every aspect of life which eliminates the “guess work” for those who are diligent enough to seek out wisdom.
The parable of Lazarus and the rich man spreads insight on charitable givings. This passage tells a story of a man that was very rich and also very stingy. He lived in luxury and could afford to buy anything that he wanted. Some of the finest food was served within the walls of his huge mansion.
There was a man named Lazarus that was the complete opposite. He was very poor, homeless, and hungry. He desired to eat the left-overs from the rich mans house, even if it was just small bits. He wished that the rich man would have compassion on him and help his days to be more bearable but unfortunately, there was no compassion at all for the starving man.
Many people that will read the first few paragraphs, will think “wow, that is really messed up” yet we see this same story played out on a daily basis. How many people did you pass by today that you could tell were hungry and thirsty? Did you help them? Everyone isn’t as rich as the man in the parable, so giving to everyone every single day could put you in a real hardship, but you should be able to give something at least sometimes. Don’t be that person that sit in the comfort of your home, eating and drinking until your heart is content and then leave your house and past right by Lazarus.
This parable provides insight on how God feel about charitable works and that it is one thing that he judges. Matthew 25 provides further insight.
“Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; 42 for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life”.
Which path will you choose?
Marques The Writer is a bestselling author and journalist with over 20 years of writing experience. The Spiritual World and How It Influences Your Everyday Life and Satan’s Lies: Exposed are currently available at: http://www.mcbooks.storenvy.com