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I preached a sermon on the fifth chapter of James about the rich men taking advantage of the poor men and what was waiting for those who did this. When we had dismissed the congregation, one of our members said, “When I grew up, we lived in a place that was well kept and a lot of people would gather in and have parties. But all up and down the valley where we lived were poor people that lived in shacks or anywhere they could. I have heard people say that Jesus will have a place separate in heaven for us from this poor trash, where we won’t have to congregate with them. What do you think about this?”
My answer was Jesus will have a place for them – separate from these poor people and rich people won’t have to worry about having to associate with them. This member said I believe that too. As we look at the 16th chapter of Luke we will see how serious Jesus is on this matter.
Luke 16:19-26 – There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
This rich man started begging Abraham to send Lazarus to his father’s house to warn his five brethren not to come to this place of torment.
Abraham told him if they would not listen to Moses and the profits neither would they listen to one even though he was raised from the dead.
Now as we look at what Jesus is telling us, it would be much better to die a beggar and be a man of God than to die a rich man without God.
And this, always remember:
Colossians 3:25 – But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.
Colossians 4:1 – Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.