DayBreaks for 09/25/13 – Lazarus at the Gate
Luke 16:19-25 (NLT) – Jesus said, “There was a certain rich man who was splendidly clothed in purple and fine linen and who lived each day in luxury. 20 At his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus who was covered with sores. 21 As Lazarus lay there longing for scraps from the rich man’s table, the dogs would come and lick his open sores. 22 “Finally, the poor man died and was carried by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried, 23 and his soul went to the place of the dead. There, in torment, he saw Abraham in the far distance with Lazarus at his side. 24 “The rich man shouted, ‘Father Abraham, have some pity! Send Lazarus over here to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue. I am in anguish in these flames.’ 25 “But Abraham said to him, ‘Son, remember that during your lifetime you had everything you wanted, and Lazarus had nothing. So now he is here being comforted, and you are in anguish.
There is an old story about a botanist who was studying the heather bell plant that is found in the highlands of Scotland. One day, while looking through his microscope at this beautiful flower, a shepherd approached him and asked what he was looking at. Rather than trying to explain, the scientist invited the shepherd to look through his microscope and see for himself. When the shepherd saw the wonder of the flower, he exclaimed, “My God, and I have been tramping on them all my life!”
Is that a word of warning we need? Wake up! Pay attention! Look around you. You may be tramping on the heart of someone nearby.
Who is the Lazarus at your gate?
PRAYER: Every day we pass by such beauty that is concealed in the people we see – and we miss it! Help us, Lord, not to trample on people! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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