After the rich man died, he opened his eyes in a place of torment and recognized Abraham. In terrible pain, the man who was rich cried out for mercy (Luke 16:24).
Abraham said, “Son, remember…” and the rich man did remember. He remembered his life and how he had everything and Lazarus had nothing. He remembered how he failed to share anything with a needy man who sat at his gate (Luke 16:25).
Those of us who have obeyed the gospel are rich beyond our wildest dreams. This great wealth led the Apostle Paul to write, “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift,” (2 Corinthians 9:15). In Romans 11:23, Paul extolled the “depth of the riches” of the wisdom of God. Certainly, we have been given more than tongue can tell.
Could it be, however, that we have something in common with the rich man? Are we sharing our untold wealth of salvation and the gospel with those we know who are lost? Are there some who cannot affirmatively answer the question, “To whom have I taught the riches of salvation and eternal life?” Have you taught anyone this year? How about last year or the year before?
Is it possible that we’ve been more like the rich man of Luke 16 than we realize? When we meet the Lord, will he say, “Son,” or “Daughter, remember?”
A gospel hymn expresses what will happen to some in the judgment: “When in the better land before the bar we stand, how deeply grieved our souls will be; if any lost one there should cry in deep despair, ‘You never mentioned him to me.’”
Can you imagine the sorrow and pain from hearing something like that? On a day when we will have perfect memory, will we recall days we walked among the lost and failed to tell them about the Lord who loved them and died for them? If there was just one reason for teaching others the gospel, wouldn’t that alone be compelling?
People you know need the gospel. They are depending on you to lead them to forgiveness. Will we lead them to glory, or will the Lord Jesus say, “Son, remember…”