Luke 16:24-25 – 24 And he cried out and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue, for I am in agony in this flame.’ 25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your life you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony.
For many pastors, they have a “heart of a pastor”. Maybe you have heard that phrase but not understood what it meant. Let me explain. The “heart of a pastor” means that that pastor has a heart for all people — not just those in their church, but for all people (lost, saved, Christian, people of other beliefs). The heart of a pastor causes us to weep when we see people that have walked away from the Lord or are following false gods. A pastor like this is not concerned with growing their church, but rather growing the Kingdom of God.
Every time I read today’s passage, my heart breaks. I think of all of those people that have either walked away from the Lord or have chosen to not know Him at all. They may think that things are OK now, but a time is coming when they too will be like this rich man. He had been warned during his lifetime and told about Jesus, but he choose not to follow. Now, he finds himself in Hades suffering. For those of you that have walked away from the Lord, I pray for you daily. For those of you that have chosen not to know the Lord, I pray for you daily. What people on earth may call “freedom of choice” I call a tragic story. Yes, may choose to ignore Jesus, but a day is coming where Jesus will not ignore you.
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!