When Jesus spoke the words of Luke 16.19-31, he shared the lives of two people. One was a rich man, and the other was a beggar. Each of them had a different life while on Earth and each found themselves in a different life after death.
The rich man, while had nice clothes and “feasted sumptuously” every day (Luke 16.19), had a troubling life after this Earth. After death, he found himself in torment. (Luke 16.23) In the great distance, he saw Lazarus, the beggar who laid at this gate, sitting with Abraham. (Luke 19.23)
While in pain, agony, and unbearable torment, the rich man petitioned Abraham to give him a drop of water. (Luke 16.25-26) Life’s memories filled his mind because he asks Abraham to send someone back to speak to his family. (Luke 16.27-30) Even the rich man begged for someone to evangelize (teach) his family while in torment. He did not want them to have the same fate.
William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army, believed in the power of understanding Hell and torment. Mr. Booth is noted as saying, “Most Christians would like to send their recruits to Bible college for five years. I would like to send them to Hell for five minutes. That would do more than anything else to prepare them for a lifetime of compassionate ministry.” While we cannot do that, it is a reminder of the destination of our souls after this physical life is over.
Sometimes, it is necessary to realize what we are saved from to help us understand what we are saved for.
Just a thought,