22 “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried.
23 In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side.
24 So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’
When a man dies, the body is dead but the soul is alive and ready to give account to his life on earth.
The rich man and Lazarus (poor man) both lived on earth and died because in Christ everyone are the same, both poor and rich all are the same and we will all face the same judgement.
The rich man will not have a different judge in heaven. The poor and rich will not be separated, there everyone are the same.
After the death of the poor man, Lazarus, he was taken to heaven to rest in the Boston of Abraham, maybe on earth he had low turn up to his burial, maybe the did not even bury him properly because he was poor but in heaven he became happy, rich and awesome.
The rich, famous, popular and awesome man died and was taken to hell. What a life! With all his richness, he would not buy his way to heaven, he landed in hell. So beloved, riches will not take anyone to heaven, all is vanity because it will end here in heaven.
Knowing Jesus is the only passport to heaven. Without accepting Jesus as your personal Lord and saviour you will die with all your earthly wealth and you will be even the best burial ceremony here on earth but you will be crying and regretting in hell.
Repent today, and let go that wealth and help others so that you will have a better ceremony in heaven.
That is why the Bible say in Matthew 19:24
Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
it is easy for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle but very hard for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. Getting rich is good but don't misuse the privilege God is giving you. Use it to help others, use it to encourage God's work and use it to promote the gospel.
When you have God, your riches is glory but when you don't have God your riches is like a rag that will fade away with time.
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