Choices

Chester Droog

READ : Luke 16:19-31

Today’s parable reminds me of an experience I had early in my ministry. I served on a Board that received monthly reports from a chaplain to local homes for the elderly. I often marveled at his reports. Again and again he told of conversions of people in their 70s and 80s. I had not experienced that kind of receptivity from the elderly who were not yet Christians. One day I asked him if there was a particular reason for his success. He quickly gave credit to the Holy Spirit but added that his selection of Scripture passages may also have had something to do with it. He always read passages that contrasted two people. One of his favorites was the parable of the rich man and Lazarus. After reading the passage he would ask, “Which of the two men would you want to be?” Often the answer was slow in coming, but it gave him the opportunity to tell of how Jesus Christ had died for their sins and made it possible for them to go to heaven when they died. What a simple, but successful way to confront people who had for so many years resisted the invitation to receive Jesus Christ as their Savior.

Dear reader, may I ask you, which of the two men in our parable would you want to be? Receive Jesus Christ as your Savior today and spend eternity in heaven.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank You for the convincing power of Your Word. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.