40 Days with Jesus – November 9th – Luke 16:19-31
Has this ever happened to you? You listen to a song that you have heard a thousand times and then for some unexplainable reason you really “hear” the words. Your heart is suddenly sensitive to something God is saying. Maybe He is bringing joy. Maybe conviction. Maybe clarity.
It happened to me again recently. I was listening to the song “Hosanna.” The chorus of this song was where it hit me.
“Heal my heart and make it clean
Open up my eyes to the things unseen
Show me how to love like You have loved me
Break my heart for what breaks Yours
Everything I am for Your Kingdom’s cause
As I walk from earth into eternity”
When I put the message of these words next to the message of the words found in the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus I see similar themes clarity, conviction and a picture of confidence.
I hear Jesus clearly saying heaven is my real home. Eternal life is permanent. What I do now matters forever. Those I come into contact with need me to love them right where they are. To whom much is given much is expected.
I hear the convicting voice of Jesus reminding me that hell is real. People don’t realize until it’s too late that they really do not want to be separated from a loving God. Worst of all, I am reminded my heart is not always clean or broken for what breaks His heart.
Finally, I hear Jesus’ reassuring confidence that he always keeps His promises. Read what He says toward the end of this parable. Jesus talking to the Rich Man says, ‘Child, remember that you in your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things’; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish.
So, whether it is through the lyrics of a song, a trip to help children in another country or a parable in Scripture, I am reminded God always keeps His promises. Nothing is hidden from Him. If He says it, it is!
Lauren Bumgarnerwww.chetscreek.com Read it and Share it on DoYouReallyBelieve.com! Register to the site via email: Email registration Discuss it and Like it at: Facebook Follow the site on Twitter: Twitter