We all should be familiar with the story of Lazarus and the rich man, but just in case you are not here's a quick recap:
There was this poor man named Lazarus, he had these horrific sores all over his body. We know that his flesh was rotting because of all dogs he attracted that desired to lick his wounds.Lazarus would sit at the gate of a wealthy man, although this gentleman is not named in the story, we do know that he dressed in "fine linen and faired sumptuously everyday." Lazarus would beg this wealthy man for crumbs and the man would simply ignore him. Eventually Lazarus passed away and was carried by angels into Abraham's bosom (heaven), shortly thereafter the rich man died and the word of God says he was "buried and in hell he lifted up his eyes."-Luke 16:19-22
For as much pleasure the rich man received in his lifetime, Lazarus received suffering. Lazarus's name means "God is my Help," but as we read the beginning of the story some may wonder within themselves why God didn't help Lazarus. Or why God would allow Lazarus to suffer so horribly, it just doesn't seem fair.
The part of the story that sticks out to me though is that Lazarus got to keep his name. This story has been told over and over for literally thousands of years and we are still yet to find out the name of the rich man but we know Lazarus. This leads me to believe that the story is more than just about a man being rewarded with heaven for all his suffering on earth. I believe this passage is also a reminder that it is more important to keep sight of who we are in Christ. Despite Lazarus's suffering he never turned his back on God, he never lost sight of who he was in Christ or who God was in his life. When illness over took his body leaving him deformed and ravaged with pain he still held on to this simple truth "God is our help."
Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.- 2 Timothy 2:3