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. And 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. 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. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. (Luke 16:19-31)
Today's Morsel: I believe that "Moreover" was a dog. The Bible says that Moreover the dogs came and licked Lazarus sores (my humor)! Whether he was a dog or not, the Bible lets us know that Lazarus was in serious trouble. But even in Lazarus' condition, he was not unnoticed by God. God sees the hurting and the suffering as well as the not so hurting and suffering. But when those who have failed to help those who are suffering, God takes special notice. The rich man did not consider the end. He only focused on the now with his goods. Paul said that in the last days, many would be lovers of them own selves and without natural affection. I believe we are living in those days. But God has called you and I to be kindly affectionate one towards others, He has called us to be tenderhearted. When we allow the Spirit of God to lead and guide us, we won't over look the hurting and needy. Are you doing your part?
Sing: I want to live the way He wants me to live. I want to give until there's just no more to give. I want to love, love till there's just no more love, I could never, never out love the Lord.