If we have been showered with good things we will be severely judged on the use we have made of them.

Tuesday, 7/17/12

Jesus spent a good amount of time teaching and healing people in three fishing villages, Capernaum, Chorazin, and Bethsaida. When he was winding up his public years he wept for those towns. For all the attention and kindness he had shown them, their people had shown little improvement.

One time I asked my dad how come we had such good health and such happy lives. He said we have those good things because God loves us. That brought me to ask if the reason some places suffer from poverty and disease is that God doesn’t love them. My dad didn’t think that would be true. He said it was just ordinary circumstances that brought misery on those people.

There is a Biblical principle that states much will be expected of those who to whom much is given. On that principle, those three fishing towns will receive a severe judgment for having given God very little in return for his goodness to them.

Those of us who are living high have a right to be troubled by the Parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man. Abraham told the rich man in hell, “Remember child, that you received what was good in your lifetime while Lazarus received what was bad; now he is comforted here, while you are in torment.” Jesus somewhere told us to make friends with the Mammon of Iniquity. I think that means we should spread our surplus over the poor, so we don’t end up like the Rich Mann in the parable.

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