Today’s gospel reading was from Luke 16. It was the story of The Rich Man and Lazarus. In my quest of having my cup be filled, I was led to the realization that – THERE IS A REASON WHY I STILL EXIST. Cliché it may sound but these past few days I was seeking for validation, I was searching for assurance, I was hungry for affirmation.
God used the rich man and Lazarus for us to be able to reflect with life, literally, those with little and those with plenty. With a lot of people ignored by others, knowing that it is the will of God that nobody must be hungry, God calls us “personally” to respond and act on this calling.
As the saying goes, “No Man Is An Island” proves to be true, we all co-exist. In addition, we do not need to hear from the dead to know Jesus. We’re surrounded by God’s instrument in our space for us to listen, for us to reflect as the way they have been called. The voice of those who have little might be Jesus calling us (I am not only speaking literally but figuratively also).
As Timothy said, God uses us as His witnesses for the eternal life that we were called for so other people, might see and believe that there is a reason why they still exist, that they are cared for, that they are loved, may be lacking but not neglected. At the same time, their circumstance might be God’s instruments for other people to learn like how I did.
I recalled years back how I responded to my calling in becoming a blessing to other people. My heart was captured with people who are visually impaired and blind. So, I was involved with the Christmas activities of this organization called, Resources for the blind. If my memory serves me right, they cover visually impaired and blind kids from Regions 11 – 13. I have always been telling as to the reason why they play a special place in heart. It was because they taught me 3 things that the academe and anyone failed to penetrate: 1) Gratefulness 2) Humility 3) Contentment; and as I always say, contentment is difficult but it can be learned.
Prior to that, I spent my emancipation with the street kids of San Pedro. I asked my friends, new found friends and other people through publicly posting it in Facebook that I am planning to execute an activity and thanksgiving for them. I asked them if they have clothes which they no longer use or clothes which they feel can be given away; they can just instead give it to me for a cause. I also prepared an activity for them and meals. I just had a budget of 600 pesos back then and for a working scholar, that was a whooping price. Thankfully, a friend of mine shouldered the excess amount.
I underlined thanksgiving because at that time, I was feeling neglected. I felt that I lack the emotional love as I came from a broken family. I was hurting. Nonetheless, I told myself, not because I lack it, so I would hold back. If that’s the case, then, I do not think the world is a beautiful place to be in. Not because I was lacking so I shall be even; they don’t deserve it as we all have different individual paths to traverse. To me, giving love helps us in the process of being healed.
I have always carried this verse even in my body of work – Luke 16:10-12
10 Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. 11So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? 12and if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?
Thought it was not mentioned that the rich man was not good as a person but it was clear that the rich man knew Lazarus, then what could have had led him to be in hell? Indifference – his lack of concern.
This hit me home. Why? I was very aggressive with God’s calling before until I was bombarded with aspirations for my family, confronted with reality, and tasted the successes of my stepping stones. I was too far away that I can barely sense the calling. I was too full of myself and I was too focused of myself.
Lately, I became aloof. I deliberately detached myself from my partner, friends and other people because I want to think, to reflect, to think again, and reflect. I was so consumed of despair and anxiousness that it weighed me down. I didn’t care of other people’s circumstance as I have my own dramas in life. I just stopped caring.
Evil will most likely succeed if those people who have been called would deliberately be silent.
As Timothy said, pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith. Take hold of the eternal life which you were called when you made a good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
God has blessed us incredibly. We may be wanting more but we have more than what we need. Thus, God expects us to bless others too be it financially, emotionally, physically and spiritually. His desire for us is for us to become a blessing to other people for He knows we can be trusted with bigger things.