Day 209 – Good Use of Things
On: May 28, 2015   |   By: SWLadmin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

“But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’ “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’ “’No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’ ” Luke 16:25-31

That first sentence has held my gaze.

It suggests that we only have one allowance of good things. If we do not receive them in this life, we can look forward to them in Heaven as we look up at our Father, face to face.  If we receive good things in this life, but do not use them well, that’s it.  Yikes!

But hold on. Just what are the good things we pine after in this world? If it is the flashiest car, des res, latest fashions, most envied vacation, fame, fortune, power … these are an indulgence, particularly when held up against the grinding poverty that the vast majority struggle with. And particularly when we hold onto them – as apparently did the rich man in Jesus’s story. We will have “good thing indigestion” and need “bigger barns” to store everything (Luke 12:18) – a downward spiral of gluttony.

But, if we strive after every opportunity to use the good things we have been given to bless others and relieve need as we encounter it, that is a very different scenario.  It will be a matter of passing interest whether we have a little or a lot, as our focus will be to show the Father’s love to those around us. As Jesus expressed it: “My food is to do the will of Him who sent me and to finish His work” John 4:34

The compassion, love, kindness, goodness that will grow in us as we use our “good things” for the benefit of others and the  glory of Him who provides them in the first place, will go with us beyond the grave.

Like the rich man, we don’t need a messenger from Heaven to warn us of this, we simply need to look at Jesus. And learn from Him.

Prayer:

Father God, show me to be a good steward of the good things you have given me; to use them to bless others, pointing them to Jesus, and bringing glory to Your name. Amen.

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