THE GOOD THINGS THAT LEAD TO BAD PLACE
LUKE 16:25, “But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented.”
It’s not wrong for us to have good things on earth, because good things are good as long it is godly. But the “good things” the rich man in the Bible received were the gain of unrighteousness which made him rich, and “evil things” Lazarus received were the persecutions and forbearance for righteousness and for the sake of righteousness.
It’s possible for you to be rich through unrighteous means and enjoy your life till you die, just like many people today who are forgoing and forgetting righteousness for the sake of riches, positions, power, and popularity. But what will it profits a man if he gains the world and loses his soul? The riches, wealth, opportunities, jobs, contracts, allowances, money, properties, certificates, visas, business connections, positions, votes, positions, profits that you gain through unrighteous means (lying, falsification, malpractices, stealing, bribing, cheating, etc ) are the good things which you received in your lifetime that will qualify you for eternal destruction, to hell at the end of your lifetime on earth.
Any good thing you get through a bad means will make you groan in eternity like the rich man. The good things which you gained through unrighteous means and made you rich in your lifetime will create your eternal doom and suffering after your lifetime is expired on earth.
You can gain a lot of riches and many good things on earth by ungodly and unrighteous ways and have wonderful time in life, and enjoy yourself to the full, but at the expense of your soul and eternity. Good things like nice house, beautiful car, easy life and luxurious life; you get what you want, you eat what you want, you drive the car you like, and you travel all over the world. Is that not good and splendid? The Bible said the rich man “was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day.” What a splendid and sweet life! He was wearing the best designers, and lived the best quality life of his generation. He did a lot of good things to his life and body, but not to his soul. Like this rich man, those who get good things without being godly, will regret at the end.