"There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen, and lived in luxury every day." Luke 16:19
How apt are many at the sight of a
rich worldling—to envy him for what he has. But, for my part, I
rather pity him for what he lacks!
He has a talent—but it
he has a lamp—but it lacks oil;
he has a
soul—but it lacks grace;
he has the creature—but he lacks the
he has a mansion—but he lacks heaven.
In his life, he
floats upon a torrent of vanity—which rolls along into an ocean of
And after death, it will be said of him, "Take this
unprofitable servant, bind him hand and foot, and cast him into outer darkness!
Consign his soul to the eternal lake of fire and brimstone!"
is the object of your envy?
It is not his gold that can then rescue
nor his mansion that can then satisfy him,
friends that can then comfort him.
Therefore, if he is worth
the envying—then who can be worth the pitying?
If this is happiness—then give me
Lord, rather make me poor with a holy
heart—than rich with an evil heart of unbelief!
"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!" Luke 16:24
will go away to eternal punishment—but the righteous to eternal life!" Matthew
"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan