“So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.” Luke 16.22-23
As I meditate on this passage, which is so well known by Christians, I wonder how many unpleasant surprises we would have if we could see from heaven who is in hell, just like Lazarus did on this occasion. How many assistants, pastors, wives and members that we had full conviction were well spiritually, because of everything they did in the Work, preparing the Lord’s supper, working tirelessly in every meeting, portraying themselves as “holy”; people who won the credibility of their spiritual leaders, their fellow believers, but the truth is that they were nothing more than tares among the wheat.
Behind closed doors, they were deliberately living in sin. They were actors and actresses of the faith, who knew how to interpret without anyone noticing, and eventually died, occupying the positions of soldiers and commanders in this army. However, like Naaman, they carried a spiritual sickness underneath their sacred assistant uniform.
I hope, in the name of the Lord Jesus, that like Naaman, those who find themselves in this situation can acknowledge their spiritual wounds and camouflaged sins, repent and make amends before departing from this world, so one day they do not say:
“…Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?” Matthew 7.22
And do not receive the cruel and terrifying answer:
“…I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” Matthew 7.23
May God Almighty have mercy on each one of us.
If you find yourself like this, there is still a chance to repent and, right there where you are reading this message, bend your knees and humble yourself before God, pleading for His forgiveness and His mercy, so that your soul may be saved. Even if you have to pay the price, including losing your spiritual position, I guarantee that it is better to lose it than to lose your Salvation. Look how our Lord thinks you are important, to the point of saying:
“And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame, rather than having two feet, to be cast into hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched – where ‘Their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.’ And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire – where ‘Their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.” Mark 9.45-48
Therefore, I analyze that the most difficult thing that exists in this world is our Salvation. What causes me fear and trembling is to know that of the three million Hebrews who left Egypt, only two entered the Promised Land; of the 100% who heard the Word, only 25% had a heart like the good ground. Would this already be an indication of the unpleasant surprises that will exist in hell?
May the Holy Spirit preserve the fear in each one of us.
God bless you!