Today’s Scripture: Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: 28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Luke 16:27-28
One of the hardest funerals to officiate as a pastor is the funeral of someone who you know was not born again. Only slightly less hard is the funeral for someone who you are not sure was saved or lost.
The only comfort you can give to the family is to say, “No matter where your loved one is right now, they would want you to know the truth about salvation.” From there, you can give the Gospel.
In our passage today, we read the familiar story of the rich man and Lazarus. The rich man was so tormented in the flame that all he wanted was a drop of water to cool his tongue. His priority was that his five brothers would hear the truth and not join him in the torment.
One famous comedian said he wanted to go to hell because that’s where all his friends would be. As we see in Luke 16, those who are there do not want others to join them.
Friend, after death it is too late to be a soul-winner. We have a call from beneath – from those whose only hope is for someone to share the good news of eternal life with their family and friends. Now is the time to answer that call!
Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.