Friday, February 24, 2017

Lazarus The Blessed (LG49)

Luke 16:20-21  But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.

Mat 5:3  Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Lazarus is blessed because he made himself poor (by denying himself of all worldly possessions, wisdom, abilities, qualifications, etc.) for the sake of his spiritual man so that he can follow our Lord Jesus Christ without distraction.

Luke 9:23  Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me."

Just like Paul who was persecuted by fellow worldly Christian leaders, Lazarus faithfully carries his cross daily.

1 Cor 4:10-13  We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are dishonored! To the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and we are poorly clothed, and beaten, and homeless. And we labor, working with our own hands. Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure; being defamed, we entreat. We have been made as the filth of the world, the offscouring of all things until now.

Even Paul, a rich, powerful, feared and respected Pharisee before his conversion, was treated as filth of the world and a beggar, how much more will Jesus' disciple Lazarus be reviled, humiliated and put to shame by covetous pastors and carnal brethren.

Mat 10:41-42  "He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward. And he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward.”

Brethren, when you give to His ministries, made sure that in your heart you have given to His disciples who are faithfully running the ministries and not to beggars, otherwise you may receive a beggar's reward causing you to borrow money to release your  needs.

James 2:5-6  Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?