Son, Remember

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…”

#gospel, #lost, #remember

Don’t Forget Your Bible

People going on vacation this summer will remember sun block, appropriate clothing, money for the trip, hotels, gasoline, and food.

The most important thing to remember (and, perhaps, the one most left behind) is a Bible.

Going on a vacation doesn’t mean one should abandon the study of the Bible. Feeding the soul is just as important as feeding oneself food. But isn’t it curious that people will seldom miss a meal, but they will leave home without their main source of spiritual food?

Oh, and don’t forget your spiritual family. No one going on a summer trip would forget the husband, wife or children (unless you’re making a movie about leaving one of them home), but there are people who leave town forgetting the church still needs financial support. The church also needs to plan for its worship and work, so it would be a good thing if you let the elders know you’ll be away, wouldn’t it?

Do some planning, too, before launching out. Find out where you’re going to worship God before you leave. Make sure you know the worship and Bible study times and make sure your children understand these things are as important to you as where the best surfing is (Matthew 6:33).

Remember God in prayer, too, for you want a safe and happy journey. Remember to ask for one!

 

#bible, #remember, #vacation

Entertaining At Three

This is a story my parents didn’t tell about me, but one I vividly remember myself. From the age of one to six, I often stayed with my grandparents on their farm. When they would take me to the church building on the Lord’s Day, I was like all other kids my age – I was constantly moving in order to not be bored.

One Sunday, while the preacher was preaching his sermon, I (who was then three years old), stood up and began making all kinds of weird faces (sticking my tongue out, etc.) at the audience seated behind me.

Needless to say, there was quite a few giggles and some laughter going on. I’m certain that the preacher wondered why his serious biblical message was suddenly turning humorous. Well, it wasn’t too long before my grandparents got “wind” of the situation, and my humor-producing antics came to an abrupt halt.

My granddad took me to the rear of the auditorium and proceeded to “warm” my backside (no humor there). Needless to say, my day of trying to be a comic suddenly ended – my entertainment career being over. Never again did I make any more faces in the assembly, for which I’m certain the preacher was thankful. 🙂

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Father, may we laud and magnify Your nam…

Father, may we laud and magnify Your name today, as we worship You, the only true and living God. As we observe the Lord’s Supper, may we do so in honor and remembrance of Your Son’s sacrifice on our behalf. As we listen to Your powerful Word proclaimed, may we have open and receptive minds, allowing the message of the hour to mold us into humble and obedient servants, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

#god, #honor, #humble, #laud, #living, #magnify, #name, #obedient, #observe, #powerful, #remember, #sacrifice, #true, #worship

What Catches My Ear At The Cross?

When the criminal that realized the Lord”s innocence stated:

“Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom” (Luke 23:42)

Our Lord stated to him:

“Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise” (Luke 23:43).

This was a promise, not only to the criminal, but to us as followers of Christ. When we die, we will be carried by the angels to meet our Lord in Paradise (Abraham’s bosom – Luke 16:22). Won’t that be a great occasion? I’m looking forward to it.

#bosom, #criminal, #die, #followers, #innocence, #kingdom, #occasion, #paradise, #remember

When you choose the lesser of two evils,…

When you choose the lesser of two evils, always remember that it is still an evil.

Max Lerner, American editor and political columnist (1902-1992)

#choose, #evil, #remember