“There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man’s table”
What is striking about this scene is that nothing seems to be happening. The rich man is eating; the poor man is sitting and waiting.
There are no words between them. The poor man is not abused or chased away; he is simply ignored as if he did not exist.
But there in lies the problem. Jesus said, “As often as you neglected to do it to the least of these brothers of mine, you neglected to do it to me.”
We may not be out there abusing or taking advantage of poor and helpless people…but according to Christ we are equally liable even if all we do is ignore them.
Dear God, keep me mindful of those that I can help. Keep me alert to the needs around me, and save me from the indifference of the rich man for the poor man at his gate. Amen.
Excepted from Living Space