Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a Stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help You?
There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man's table.
Though the Lord is on high, yet He regards the lowly.
He shall regard the prayer of the destitute.
Deliberate disregard is a high crime in the Highest Court. At the end of His ministry, Jesus explained the evidence God considers in our final judgments.* If we re-read His Words (we should), we might think twice before disregarding a helpless person God places before us.
Consider what it means to regard
a man, woman or child: 'To look at attentively...' To show 'care or concern for someone.' But to dis
regard means the opposite: 'To ignore or treat as unworthy.' **
In The Parable of The Rich Man and Lazarus, Lazarus was a beggar, 'Longing to eat what fell from the rich man's table.' He had a humble dream to eat delicious crumbs. Surely, that dream would have been easy to fulfill, but the rich man ignored the poor man. He hated his dream with deliberate disregard.
Perhaps the rich man had sensible thoughts: 'He probably brought this upon himself... If I feed him, more beggars might come to my gate... Why can't he work like the rest of us?' But human sense is nonsense to God. Even more, God did not call us to judge, but only to give without exception:
'Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back' (Luke 6:30).
The rich man's fate deserves serious consideration. But we don't have to go there... if we love our neighbors as ourselves and love their dreams as our own.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: millions of hungry, thirsty, strange, ill and scantily clad people are held hostage by the spinmeisters of media. Perhaps their captivity is voluntary. Naturally so; most of them were nursed in the lap of the entertainment industry. Without understanding, they drank the dreams of rich men to be richer... in a deliberate disregard of their innocence.
But you hold the Key to their release. You carry the Source of Living Water. You rise in the Light of God's power. So remember: millions dream of freedom, but don't know how to get it. You do.
By your entrance into media, you deliberately regard them. Therein, you are dream lovers.
To Be Continued...
* The Sheep and The Goats: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew+25%3A31-46&version=NIV
** American Heritage and Merriam Webster Dictionaries
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Dream Haters series.