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Gain Is Not Godliness

There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.


 “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’


 “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’  “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’


 “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’  “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”


And Jesus Christ has done just that will you listen today? Will you hear the cry to repent? Will you take heed to the words of the prophet, the preacher, the evangelist, those who are crying aloud and sparing not today? Are you selfish? Do you look down on those less fortunate? Do you lend a helping hand?


Money can't buy salvation. This life of luxury will come to and end and everything in it will perish. The only thing that will matter is true repentance have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior and LORD! Do you allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you or do you continue to live life on your terms? Gain is not Godliness. The Lord has greater on the other side.


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