Saturday, May 1, 2010

Poor Man's Grave (Eraserheads)

Things I want to say
to the man who does not want to lie in a Poor Man's Grave

1.I have a good news for you: God cares for the poor and needy (Psalm 35:10)

2.There is a better way of spending your savings-- don't waste it on a golden box and a piece of lot where the grass is green and the gate shines. Leave it for your starving children.

3.You seem to be a religious man for you regularly go to church. Yet it alarms me that you claim to have no sin all your life. The Bible's testimony is we have all sinned and fell short of his standard (Romans 3:23). God would not have commanded us to repent if we were not sinners (Acts 17:30). We are all sinners and equally in need of forgiveness through the blood of his Son.

4.I urge you to learn from Jesus' story about The Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31). Certainly, that rich man was buried in a luxurious tomb for when he was still alive, he wore the finest clothes. He also feasted extravagantly daily. But after burial, he goes straight to eternal torment.

On the other hand, there was a poor man-- perhaps poorer than you are today. He stayed at the rich man's gate-- not standing but laying. Perhaps the reason is he is physically handicapped. If he is physically strong and healthy, would he not resist the dogs that lick his wound?

He waits for the crumbs that fall from the rich man's table to be thrown at the gate and he must compete with the dogs every time. Surely, this man was buried in a poor man's grave, the very place you hate. Yet after death, he was escorted by no less than the Angels into the presence of Abraham. There, eternal comfort and joy awaits him.

5. The story of The Rich Man and Lazarus was originally given to address the Pharisees who were lovers of money (Luke 16:14). The love of money is a dangerous thing (1 Timothy 6:10). It's not only the rich folks who can be guilty of this sin but poor men as well. Therefore we are all are exhorted to store up treasures for ourselves not on earth but on heaven where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal (Matt.6:19-21). We must set our minds on things above and not on earthly things (Col.3:2), for a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions (Luke 12:15)

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