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You recall the story: Lazarus sits at the gate of the rich
man, longing to be fed even the scraps. He evidently gets nothing.
Then both of them die — and it seems their positions are reversed.
It's pretty obvious what we have to say to the rich man. After all,
he could've invited Lazarus in and fed him at his banquets. Perhaps
he felt that Lazarus just wouldn't fit in. He could have instructed
the staff to take scraps and the crumbs out to Lazarus – but then
again, Lazarus might be contagious. Having the dogs licked your
sores doesn't do anything for personal hygiene. But most likely the
rich man simply ignored Lazarus. He looked at Lazarus, and Lazarus
This is called a sin of omission; you refuse or fail to do
something you should have done. It comes as a surprise to some
Christians that “not doing” can be a sin. But it happens all the
time. Sometimes, we just don't want to share our meals with the
Consider, then, the spiritual meal known as communion. We cannot
issue an open invitation to communion, as we would do for a banquet,
for this meal is for Christians only. It is a meal specific to the
community of Christ known as the church. A potent meal; it contains
within it the bread of life, Christ himself. It is the meal of those
who are saved. So you might well ask, "Just how do I share this
Let me rephrase the question for you. Do the crumbs of your
Christian life speak of your riches in Christ? Can others tell how
rich you are in spirit? Does your life speak for you and for Christ?
Let's go beyond that. Do you share this meal by spreading the
gospel to all you know? The only way you can share this meal is for
that person to become a Christian. And how will he become a
Christian if no one speaks to him about it?
Remember, hospitality is a virtue. If this is true for our chicken
and dumplings, how much more true is it when the table is not ours
but the Lord's?