Give: do not take!

Luke 16:19-31

“I guess it’s not what you take when you leave this world behind you,
It’s what you leave behind you when you go,” Randy Travis: Three Wooden Crosses.

I never hear that song without getting weepy – my wife and I have determined I am part sponge: all you need to do is give me a little squeeze and the water runs out. For those of you not familiar with the song (you should be since I gave you the link) the ballad revolves around a bus accident and the unexpected outcome. While the song might not be completely pertinent to the gospel message the line I quoted is.

The things we do in this world, especially how we treat other people: the kindness and compassion we show – are what really matter and will accompany us when we leave this world and ultimately when we stand before God.

The rich man in the gospel showed no compassion to Lazarus and he reaped what he had sown. A simple cup of what and piece of bread might had made all the difference in life and in the hereafter.

Think about that the next time you have a choice to help or not, to love or not, to welcome the stranger or not or to feed or not to feed those who hunger.

Lord Jesus, you did not take from this world but gave all that you had for others. Helps us by the power of the Holy Spirit to be givers. Help us not simply treat others a you would treat them but treat them how we would treat you. Help us to be compassionate and caring in both thought and deed. AMEN.