And he cried out, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me. Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am suffering torment in these flames.’ Luke 16:24
This was the request of the rich man.
Max Lucado wrote about this man. That this man requested water. He also requested Abraham that Lazarus go back to his house to warn his brothers regarding the netherworld — Hell. Max pointed out that the rich man did not request that he’ll be save from hell.
Jesus is pointing out rather an important teaching for all of us in this story — once you go the hell, forever you will be in hell.
That’s why as long as you are here on earth, do everything in God’s power not go to hell.
Commit to Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Love God. Love others. Repent and believe. Avoid sin. Remember to love and follow the laws of Christ. Be faithful to your spouse. Be a responsible and loving parent. Respect your parents. Respect your children. Show love to your neighbors including the snob at the corner. Give encouragement to the fallen. Share your food to the Lazarus at your doorstep. Send money to children in need in developing nations. Attend church. Pray daily. Read his word. Commune with believers.
I know, you have a long list of to believe, to love and to do.
Yet, always keep in mind and in heart these are all worth it. For in every action, every thought, every word, you choose between heaven or hell.
For in both places, there is no return flight. There is no back in the back and forth. It’s a one way trip.