A close look at the sixteenth chapter of Luke’s gospel will enlighten us on the list of things in Hell that we as God’s church should have. First is the scripture :
“Now there was a rich man, and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, joyously living in splendor every day. and longing to be fed with the crumbs which were falling from the rich man’s table; besides, even the dogs were coming and licking his sores. Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried. In Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and saw Abraham far away and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried out and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue, for I am in agony in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your life you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great chasm fixed, so that those who wish to come over from here to you will not be able, and that none may cross over from there to us.’ And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, that you send him to my father’s house- for I have five brothers-in order that he may warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ But he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!’ But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.'” (Luke 16:19, 21-31 NASB)
Now the list:
1. Uplifted Eyes
‘In Hades he lifted up his eyes’
More times than not we walk around with our heads down. Living our lives as though we are defeated when in actuality we are the Victors though Jesus Christ!
Stop looking to the world, drugs, fads like body piercings, tatoos, liquor, sex etc…
2. On Fire
‘I am in agony in this flame’
There ought to be excitement in the worship of God that is genuine and not seemingly ‘manufactored.’
‘And he cried out’
Of all the people we could put on our wish list to talk to, shouldn’t God be at the top of the list?
And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, that you send him to my father’s house- for I have five brothers-in order that he may warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’
Too many souls have been lost to a hell created for the devil. We should love enough to risk the accusations and slanderous remarks to lead others to an eternity to die for.
Until next time,