Summary: Death ends all opportunities to serve the Lord. Now is the time to use all what God has placed in your hand to serve Him and build yourself a mansion above. Now is the time to put your treasure where it will last.
We will start this message by considering carefully the book of Luke chapter 16 verses 19-30:
“There was a certain rich man which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously everyday: and there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores. And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom; the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy life time receivedst thy good things; and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted and thou art tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come form thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: for I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead they will repent. And he said unto him, if they hear not Moses and the prophets neither will they be persuaded though one rose from the dead.”
When Jesus said there was a certain rich man, He meant that the man actually existed, it was not a parable. This man, according to Jesus, lived a good life. And there was also a certain beggar named Lazarus who was lame and full of sores always at the rich man’s gate desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, the dogs came and licked his sores. Lazarus was competing with the dogs for the crumbs and after that, they would lick his sore in addition. When the beggar died, he was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom. When a Christian dies and is going home, the first group of people he sees will not be demons, spirit husbands, masquerades, etc, but angels of the living God, mounting a guard of honour to lead him home. “The rich man also died and was buried.” But the Bible did not tell us what happened to the corpse of Lazarus. The rich man must have been given a very good burial, for the Bible to have recorded that he was buried, but he ended up in hell fire after the expensive burial. “He lifted up his eyes, being in torment and seeth Abraham afar off and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, (His first prayer point), “Father Abraham, have mercy on me, (But the time of mercy was gone) and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger into water and cool my tongue for I’m tormented in this flame.” I know that even a bucket of water would not have solved his problem. “But Abraham said, Son, remember (This is the most terrible thing about hell fire. Over there, people will he reminded of what they did before they got there) that you bought chairs for the church, on which you sat any Sunday that you had time to attend service. You really did not serve the Lord. All the free ladies you had in the streets, what you did to them and what they did to you, the cigarette you smoked secretly, the abortions that you really did not like that person you were smiling at. All these things would come quickly to your memory.
"Son, remember, that thou in your life time, receiveth thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted and thou art tormented,” meaning that although God does not want any believer to die as a pauper, if you have to die penniless to make heaven, it would be worth it, since eternity is more than money and no matter how long you spend here, there is a place of peace, blessings and glory in eternity for you. No matter how much money you make here on earth, if you lose eternity, the memory of the money will torment you the more in hell fire. Further down, from verses 26-30, the rich man in hell made some requests which were not granted.