I was drinking a bottle of yoghurt, very lovely and sweet yoghurt, really yummy yoghurt and just as I had finished it, I knew I would still be able to get at least, one more drop of the yoghurt before I said goodbye to the bottle, till we meet again. Just as I watched as that last drop landed on my anxious tongue, the Holy Spirit ministered to me, the story of the rich man. Now, the only difference is that in my case, I’m not thirsty nor in a hot burning coven, I’m just lusting after that last drop of yoghurt, but still I want it so badly.
The Rich Man
Majority of us already know the story of poor Lazarus and the rich man. I am not here to start telling that story all over again but yet I still have to, for the purpose of this topic. Without any further ado, let’s quickly go to Luke 16:19-23 and get out the important highlights:
“There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 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.”
From the events above, we can see that both men lived separate lives here on earth, and they both died and woke up in eternity; Lazarus in paradise and the rich man in hell.
Just a Drop, Please!
This is where I come in. We need to understand something here, the reality of this event. We really need to picture this scenario. I seriously craved that drop of yoghurt, but that is an insult to the reality of this event, that craving was just used to remind me of this story.
Some weeks ago, I went to do a workout by playing football. I definitely am not as good and efficient as I used to be in those days. I played and played and it got to a point that I was so hot, tired and thirsty, I was conscious of every breath that I took. Every single breath was important to me, every breath was like my last breath. The game went into penalties and I quickly ran to my bag, took out my bottle of water and drank. Just one gulp of water went a very long way, yet the craving never stopped, even though I finished the whole bottle, with the heat and the condition of the environment, it was as though I hadn’t taken any water all. Yet, this is still a big insult to the reality of the cravings of the rich man in hell.
Luke 16:24-26 says,
“And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.”
He didn’t even beg for a drop of water, he begged for just the tip of a finger dipped in water, a tip! How was that supposed to cool his tongue? Yet, he was even denied that futile exercise. He said he was tormented in the flame, meaning he was literally burning but still alive. Engulfed by fire, he was still begging for just the tip of a finger, that is not even anywhere close to a drop of water, and he was still denied that futile request.
I am not here to start preaching and telling you to repent, but I just want you to place yourself in the burning man’s shoes. Picture the whole scenario from his enjoyment on earth to his everlasting torment in hell and picture his cravings. Read that story again.
There is a place yonder than we can see, a pathway to two worlds. There is a second half in this life and we are only living the first half on this current earth. The second half is eternity. It is not wrong to enjoy, it is not wrong to have a lot of money and there is nothing wrong in spending it, but read the story again.
Jesus is still the only way, he still intercedes on our behalf, God still forgives us every second we confess, but there is a sin against God and there is a sin against humanity. The danger of sinning against humanity is that you are not conscious of the fact that humanity is God’s representation on earth. As to why the rich man burns to this day, read that story again.
I’m done here.
Cheers and God bless you infinitely!!!
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