In Luke 16, Jesus tells the story of the rich man and Lazarus. The rich man had all the material possessions he needed and more. Lazarus was a beggar living outside the rich man’s gate, wishing for just the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table.
Both men died, and both men went to their new homes. Their destinations were not determined by reason of wealth or power. Their destinations were not determined by how often they went to the synagogues, or how much they had given. Their destinations were sealed by the way they lived their lives in relationship to God.
The rich man passed Lazarus every day yet paid no attention to the beggar, refusing to offer even scraps from his table. Lazarus relied on God, not himself. The rich man lifted up his eyes from Hell, in torment, such great agony he was begging for just a single drop of water to cool his tongue.
The rich man did not find himself in Hell because he was rich, but because of the life he wasted with no thought of God’s purpose. Just like many people today, the rich man made the choice to live his life his way, without God.
Lazarus was in comfort, at peace. Not because he was poor and lived a hard life, but because of his relationship with God.
The rich man begged for Lazarus to be sent to warn his brothers so their fate would not be the same as his. Abraham told him that even if someone came from the dead, they would still not believe.
Christians celebrated the resurrection of Christ last week, yet even though He returned from the dead, many still will not believe His message. Anything we do in this life without God at the center will be wasted, no matter if it is good or bad.