What Jesus Did! 'Where Facades Don't Matter' — Luke 16:22-23

Monday, September 28, 2015

"Later, Lazarus died. The angels took Lazarus and placed him in the arms of Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. He was sent to the place of death and had much pain. The rich man saw Abraham far away with Lazarus in his arms."
— Luke 16:22-23 NLT
Illustration of Luke 16:22-23 NLT — "Later, Lazarus died."

Key Thought

We spend a lot of time investing in "things" that don't matter. "Things" give us an appearance of importance in our earthly sojourn. However, "things" don't go with us when we face God at judgement; only how we used those "things" to bless others matters. Lazarus was received with God's care into a place of comfort and promise. The rich man faced torment. Let's not let "things," whether they are our own or they are "possessed" by someone else, distract our hearts from what is important.

Today's Prayer

God, please give me the kind of heart that sees through the facades and feeble things of this world. With your Spirit, reset my heart so that it can find its focus and value in what is truly lasting and worthwhile in your sight. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Luke 12:13-21
  • Luke 12:33-34
  • 1 Samuel 16:7


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.