"He answered, 'Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father's house, 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.' " Luke 16:27-31
This formerly rich man now found himself in hell tormented by the horrors of the place plus tortured by the regrets he had about not taking advantage of the opportunities to prepare his soul for Heaven. He was eternally lost and he knew it.
He was suddenly urgent about the eternal destiny of his five brothers who were still living. He wanted to save them from a similar fate.
How is your urgency toward the eternal destiny of people you care about?
He became too urgent too late to help the situation. We tend to do the same. Why?
What are some things that cause us to become complacent rather than feeling urgent? What should we look for? What attitudes can we resist?
In our last post we mentioned that success can lead to complacency. Another attitude that can lead to complacency is excess.
This rich man, in his earthly life, had all the necessities and many of the luxuries and he wanted for nothing. Good for him! We should be so lucky!
Unfortunately, that level of comfort can erase our concerns about other people. You can get so busy enjoying yourself that you lose touch with the needs of others. That insulation from the needs and conditions of others can make you complacent.
In addition, when you have all that stuff you have to guard it and maintain it and protect it and secure it and find time to use it and all that takes time, energy and focus.
I have to believe that this rich man's success and his excess causes him to become complacent. Enjoying and caring for his "stuff" robbed him of his urgency toward the needs of others.
It can happen to you as well. Maybe you don't have an excess of stuff but you can spend an excessing amount of time focused on it or working to acquire more stuff.
Understand that I am not anti-success nor am I against having a lot of stuff. What I am concerned about is whether that success or that excess steals your urgency toward the eternal welfare of your own soul and the destiny of others.
Don't be like this guy and become urgent too late. Have as much stuff as you can get but don't allow it to have you.