What Jesus Did! 'Closing Time' — Luke 16:24-26

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

"He called, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me! Send Lazarus to me so that he can dip his finger in water and cool my tongue. I am suffering in this fire!' But Abraham said, 'My child, remember when you lived? You had all the good things in life. But all the bad things happened to Lazarus. Now he is comforted here, and you are suffering. Also, there is a big pit (hole) between you and us. No person can cross over to help you. And no person can leave there and come here.'"
— Luke 16:24-26 NLT
Illustration of Luke 16:24-26 NLT — "He called, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me!"

Key Thought

Some things are final. The rich man chose to live for the moment and neglect eternal matters. Now it is too late. Death has come and stolen away his chance to be a better person. There is no crossing over. There is a great chasm between. Jesus tells this story to warn us to make our lives count with eternal weight while we are alive, because when we die there are no more chances to invest in what matters.

Today's Prayer

Father, open my eyes and help me see things as you see them. I want to live by eternal values right now. Help me see the areas where I am procrastinating or living in denial about what needs to be done for your glory and to bless others. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Proverbs 11:4
  • Hebrews 9:24-28
  • 2 Corinthians 5:10


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.