Daily Devotional – 12/14/15 “What are you doing with the crumbs?”

In Luke 16, Jesus is talking in parables again about the wealth of people. In Luke 16:19; Jesus tells the story of a rich man and a beggar by the name of Lazarus. The rich man had all he could ever need, for he stored up his riches on earth. As for Lazarus, he laid by the rich’s man gate day in and day out, not begging for much; he simply asked will you give me the scraps or crumbs. Yet the rich man refused. Then one day they both died. In Lazarus’ dying, he was carried to be by Abraham’s side and in the rich man’s dying, his soul went to hell. The rich man looks up and sees Lazarus, the beggar, standing beside Abraham and he calls out saying, “Father Abraham, have some pity! Send Lazarus over here to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue. I am in anguish in these flames, (Luke 16:24); now he found himself in need of the beggar. Oh but Abraham responds saying, in Luke 16:25, “Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony.”

See, the rich man didn’t think about anything other than his living on earth while missing out on his blessing of helping those in need. He didn’t take into consideration that he wouldn’t miss the crumbs, had he gave them to Lazarus, but it was the fact of him not helping regardless of who it was. The bible says in Luke 16:9 “Use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. Then, when your earthly possessions are gone, they will welcome you to an eternal home.” Baby, your address down here won’t mean nothing in Heaven. Your bank account balance, down here, won’t mean a thing when you give an account at judgment. Your fancy wardrobe and shoe collection doesn’t amount to anything, if you’ve never helped anyone. Listen, there’s nothing wrong with building up, down here, the problem comes when you become selfish. What would it have hurt the rich man to feed Lazarus? Even more, why couldn’t he get him up from the gate and give him a job so that he could continually feed himself? All I’m saying is, while you are so busy eating at the table of riches; what are you doing with the crumbs? Are you helping anybody? Are you bringing others up now that you’ve come up? Are you reaching back? What are you doing with the crumbs from your table? For Jesus says in Luke 16:10, “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.”

Daily Devotional – 12/12/12 “Just give me the crumbs!”

Sounds crazy huh? But let me explain. In the bible starting in Luke 16:19; it speaks of Lazarus and the rich man. Now, Lazarus was a man, whose body was covered in sores and who used to lie at the gate of this rich man begging for the crumbs that fell from his table yet every day he ignored him. The time eventually came that Lazarus died but in his dying he was carried, by the angels, to the side of Abraham and the rich man also died and he was buried but in his dying he was destined for hell. For those that missed it let me break it down for you … In Larazus’ dying, you know the beggar who was covered in sores, he was carried by angels to Abraham’s side in glory but the rich man, you know the one that had it all, well in his dying he was buried in dirt and ended down in hell. Why? I’ll let the word tell you because in Luke 16:25 (After the rich man asked Abraham to allow Lazarus to dip his finger in water to cool his pain) Abraham responded, “Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony.”

See, while you are so busy, down here, trying to build up your riches; you should be satisfied with the crumbs from God’s table because after it’s all said and done, those riches won’t save you. While you’re being stingy and won’t help nobody because you want to keep your paper stacked, you should be satisfied with the crumbs from your earnings because that means you’re helping folk. While you’re being selfish with the blessings that God has blessed you with, you should be satisfied with the crumbs that are left after you helped all you can. It’s like you’ve cooked dinner for your large family and by the time you get ready to eat there isn’t hardly anything left but instead of getting mad and angry, you look around at the joy of your family that has you surrounded in their love and then you realize those mere crumbs ended up being just enough for you. Am I saying that you shouldn’t want more or work to have more? No, but what I am saying is help somebody sometime. You don’t have to keep your whole sandwich to yourself when you know your coworker is hungry, share. You don’t have to ride to work alone when you know your friend needs a ride, offer. You don’t have to spend your last dime on getting another pair of shoes, you probably can do without anyway, help somebody. When you’re praying for God to enlarge your territory, ask God to give you the crumbs from his table because whether you know it or not, God’s table is huge and by the time you get through receiving the crumbs He has to share, you won’t have room to receive them all. Being rich doesn’t make you better than the next person but your heart does. You don’t have to give your all to show God that you’re worthy but sometimes all someone needs is the crumbs that you have to offer because although the crumbs may not be much to you, they are a whole lot more to someone who doesn’t have.