Very telling is this week’s reading is from Luke 16:19-31 and the parable of Lazarus and the rich man. As I read multiple commentaries, I am amazed, going back even to Martin Luther, the focus seems to be still on what the parable says about heaven and hell. But the context has NOTHING to do with that! A quick glance at the context in Luke 16:14 says clearly this parable has to do with coveting and trusting in riches for our hope. The engineering of heaven and hell isn't the main point.
It seems to me a more Christian response might be to have a sticker which says “Content.” Maybe that is just not good marketing though? At issue is that we find this idea throughout Scripture too: “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. (Philippians 4:11; see also 1 Timothy 6:8 and Hebrews 13:5)).” Go look it up if you must but I find it means exactly what we think it does in the New Testament Greek.
So here is to you, all you who are throwing a pity party, go for it! You may not have a crowd to fill an arena, just be sure to send me an invitation because Jesus will be there and where Jesus is, I want to be too.
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