The Rich Man and the Leopard

I decided to cook some potato soup. I first shaved off the skin. Then got a sturdy knife to cut the hard white potato into cubes. Then I boiled the cubed potato’s in water until they were nice and soft. I am not going to describe the entire process of making potato soup but I think you get the overall picture. In the end the potato is still a potato but now it is soft, smooth and soupy. But it is still a potato.

There is a saying that goes, “a leopard never changes it spots.” I have seen this in many people. They at their core are who and what they are. The essence of them is always the same. They are a leopard. But as a Christian I have always believed that we become a new creation. We are constantly being transformed and made more holy. So can the leopard change??????

I would say God does not magically change leopards into horses. If he does I have never seen it. But I have seen him change a leopard with brown spots into a leopard with pink spots. The leopard still has spots but the spots are now more beautiful and glorifying to God.

I am reminded of the rich man and Lazarus. What would happen if the rich man decided to live differently before he died? What if he started to use his wealth to help others rather than only spending money on himself? What would the rich man be loosing? Nothing really. He would still be a leopard with spots but now his spots would be pink.

“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. Even the dogs came and licked his sores. “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’ “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’ “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’ “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’” Luke 16:19-31

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