The great sin of the rich man may not have been the sin of neglecting poor Lazarus, although that was certainly bad. His greatest sin, though, was that he trusted in himself and not in God. He had everything he needed in life, because he was able to trust in himself to get it. But he never had a relationship with God. Now in death, he wants the good things God will provide for those who trust in him, people like Lazarus for example. But he has already made his choice, and unfortunately now, trusting in himself doesn’t bring him anything good. Blessed are they, the Psalmist says today, who hope in the Lord.
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