Friday, 29 May 2020
Luke 17:31 On that day, let the one who is on the housetop, with his goods in the house, not come down to take them away, and likewise let the one who is in the field not turn back.
These words seem simple but need thinking about. Will we go back for our stuff when Jesus calls us, be that when He returns of if He calls us individually before He returns? No, I think everyone would agree. Stuff is simply not relevant. But what about our people, those we love and care for - our spouses, our childen, our parents? Would we go back for them, or ask the Lord, what about my wife/husband, what about my son?
In His story about the rich man and Lazarus, the rich man - who has died and gone to the place of burning and punishment - pleads with Father Abraham to send Lazarus to his brothers lest they too find themselves in the place where he is. Surely, he argues, if someone rises from the dead they will believe him. But Father Abraham says no; they already have the law and the prophets - if they will not believe them, they will not believe if someone rises from the dead.
This teaches us that the time to be concerned about the people we love is now, when we can still reach them, when we can still share our lives and our Lord with them. We will not be able to reach them from the "other side"; the die will have been cast and they will be on their own. If we love them and would give ourselves for them, now is the time to do it for another time may never come.