Comforted Now

Luke 16:19 There was a certain rich man who [habitually] clothed himself in purple and fine linen and reveled and feasted and made merry in splendor every day.20 And at his gate there was [carelessly] dropped down and left a certain utterly destitute man named Lazarus, [reduced to begging alms and] covered with [ulcerated] sores. 21 He [eagerly] desired to be satisfied with what fell from the rich man’s table; moreover, the dogs even came and licked his sores. 22 And it occurred that the man [reduced to] begging died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 And in Hades (the realm of the dead), being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far away, and Lazarus in his bosom.24 And he cried out and said, Father Abraham, have pity and mercy on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame. 25 But Abraham said, Child, remember that you in your lifetime fully received [what is due you in] comforts and delights, and Lazarus in like manner the discomforts and distresses; but now he is comforted here and you are in anguish. I have to ask myself after reading this, am I like this rich man? Do I only think of myself and not the needs of others? I need to ask myself, am only concerned with my comfort and not the comfort of others? Do I continually tend to my comfort and considered not the comfort of those suffering around me? We don’t have to have a mansion to be rich, in fact having Jesus is being truly rich, and especially not sharing Him with those without comfort is selfish and not who we are called to be when we wear that Name! God spoke this to me one day, “ I need you to care about what I care about, My people -not just your family.” I had to ask God to help me with that because He was right I had a love only for my family. I couldn’t see my error as He does. The reason God asked me to care is because I needed that correction to live in His Kingdom. I gave God permission a long time ago to correct me, to keep me right with Him and He is faithful to do that. I don’t want to be like this rich man oblivious to the needs of others because I am self-centered, only concerned with me and my family. Therefore I have to ask God to help me get my mind off of myself and on the needs of others, to serve in love as He does. I hear Him constantly tell me you take care of My stuff, and I will take care of yours. Meaning you do My greater work of love, your assignment, you care about what I care about, and I will be there for you! God does that you know, when you forget about yourself and care more about others then He can actually take care of you! That’s how Love works!