Scripture Reading: Luke 16:19-31 (All Scripture quotes are NIV)
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Scripture Quote: But God said to him, “You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?”(Luke 12:20)
It matters little if the rich man was born into a wealthy family and received an inheritance, or if he obtained his wealth through immoral methods. We don't know if the rich man was obnoxious to others, flaunting his wealth. He could have been a quiet man who simply spent all of his time in the pursuit of greater wealth. He was clothed in magnificence in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury. The attribute that stands out most about the rich man is his inattention and lack of compassion for another man's dire need.
The rich man sought and had everything he wanted in this life and he was not at all worried about an after life. He did not receive the wonderful salvation God wanted to provide for him. He didn't belong to the family of God on earth, so he couldn't be part of us in eternity with Jesus. Rich or poor, followers of Jesus are required to conform in our hearts to the Spirit and Mind of Christ. The Lord always helped those who sought Him – In fact, Jesus said that when we do something to help someone in need, it is as if we are doing that thing for Jesus. What have you done for Jesus lately?
Today’s meditation: Share your blessings with your neighbor.
Memory Verse: For what hope have the godless when they are cut off, when God takes away their life? (Job 27:8)