Lenten Devotional Series 2020: Day 16

Sharing our Blessings by Kiley Orchard
With the story of the rich man and Lazarus, Jesus delivers a powerful message:
Care for the poor. Care for the hungry. Care for the sick, the unseen, and the suffering. 

Whether or not you believe in a literal hell, the message of this passage is the same. As Christians, we must share our blessings with others.
Some questions for reflecting on today’s passage:
Who sits at my gate? Do I personally know people who are suffering like Lazarus? If yes, how can I share my blessings with them? If no, why not?
Are there ways to expand my view of the “gate?” What gates exist in my workplace, church, country, or world?
Who do I keep out and why? Who do I choose not to serve?
How can I better keep my gates open?
I doubt that each of us has a Lazarus figure literally sitting on the sidewalk in front of our home. But we all know people are suffering. And we know what Jesus tells us to do about it.
This Lenten season, may we become more generous with our many blessings. May we see those who are suffering and use our resources to share God’s love.

Luke 16: 19-31

 ‘There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man’s table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried.

In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side. He called out, “Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.” But Abraham said, “Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony. Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.”

He said, “Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father’s house— for I have five brothers—that he may warn them, so that they will not also come into this place of torment.” Abraham replied, “They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.” He said, “No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.” He said to him, “If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.”’

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