Re: Verse reading–Luke 16:19-31 (day three)
“Send Lazarus to my father’s house, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them.” If we’ve gotten it into our heads that one’s post-death circumstances after a life of selfish disregard for God and others will result in regret for a life poorly lived, this story Jesus tells should disabuse us of that notion. The narrative clearly shows us a man who is just as self-centered and self-important now as he ever was before: “Grant me a favor; send Lazarus to serve me; accord my family special status,” etc. Privilege is his only language. But that was a way of thinking and living he had learned long before now. All the years of his mortal existence had steadily formed his character, and so the way he lived life was now the way he lived death. Is it somehow different for you?