Sunday, 29 September 2013

Possessed by Possessions - Lazarus and Dives

Today's three readings (Amos 6.1a, 4-7 - 1 Timothy 6.6-19 - Luke 16.19-31) all bring us something to chew over regarding how we live now and how that might just have an impact upon our future hope.

Now I have friends who tell me that everyone 'gets in' regardless of how we live or what we believe and yet today's readings appear to be telling me something just a little different to that - and adding Hebrews 9:27 and John3:16 (to name but two of many passages) to the mix appears to deny their universalist stance even more.

So here's a thought for today: If you are possessed by possessions, live for money and ignore the world around you (and its needs) then you'd better be reconciled to the fact that whilst we bring nothing material into, or out of, the world we do set conditions by our living for a future state and hope.

A quick illustration to aid our thinking?

The love of money is truly the root of all kind of evil - so what choices are we going to make here before it's too late.

Perhaps the story of Lazarus and the rich man informs and influences us in this area?

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