“He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward” Hebrews 11:26.
He had the perfect cover. Rescued from the Nile and raised by Pharoah’s daughter, Moses had all the perks of growing up in the royal household of the world’s superpower at that time.
This just made the choice he had to make all the more difficult. Coming across one of his fellow Israelites being beaten, he killed the Egyptian attacker and then had to flee for the next forty years into the desert to endure the poor life of a shepherd.
Instead of enjoying the temporary pleasures of sin, he gave everything up to identify with God.
The book of Hebrews says that he did that “by faith” and that he was “looking ahead to his reward.”
Do we make the same choice? There is no doubt that this postmodern culture we live in offers all “the treasures of Egypt.” We live in an unparalleled time of luxury and opulence with all the world’s lures of sin, sensuality, and stuff. We just need to reach out and take it.
Will we? Or, by faith choose to be mistreated along with the people of God, regarding disgrace for the sake of Christ of greater value?
“By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.” (Hebrews 11:24-26)
Kick back and relax? Moses could have chosen to kick back and relax with the best of today’s social media celebrities!
Live it up? Moses could have chosen to live it up with the best of today’s children of powerful politicians.
Don’t get distracted with religion? Moses could have chosen to go with the grain and follow his adopted culture’s popular polytheistic ways.
Live for today? Moses could have chosen to see this world as the end all be all when it comes to achievement.
Plain and simple – Moses could have chosen a lot of different things, but he chose a “life for good” over “the good life”, and such is the call that God’s anointed has given us today.
“Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:43-39)
“For in real life we are faced with moral choice not at the beginning of the day when we are alone and imagine that we can choose today to do either good or evil, but when someone provokes us and we are there and then tempted to respond with evil.”
—A.R.C. Leaney, The Letters of Peter and Jude (CBC), 45 (on 1 Pet 3.8-12)
There are three things that I know for sure.
- Satan will fight for our souls until we take out last breath. He will challenge us to deny God and declare ourselves to be his disciples until it is impossible for us to think or speak for ourselves. He is relentless and will never, never, never, give up in his efforts to destroy us in hell.
- God is more powerful and loving than Satan. God can and will aid us in our fight against Satan and God will grant salvation to us if we will commit ourselves to living for Him.
- The choice is ours. One of the great themes of the bible is that man has been given the power to choose God or Satan. We must exercise that choice one way or the other. I pray constantly that God will give me the faith and courage to decide in God’s favor and not Satan’s.
When I read the word of God it is very clear which choice I should make. I am interested in doing what is best for me, and it is obvious that to choose obedience to the will of God is best. Throughout the word of God disobedience is always punished and obedience is blessed. Therefore I choose obedience.
Please make your choice for God in everything. Don’t allow Satan to win the struggle for your soul and cause you to be lost forever. Follow the example of Joshua who declared, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
May God bless you this week and keep you safely in His hand is our prayer for you.
With Much Love,
Ted & Barbara
THE EDIFIER • 1 Cor. 14:26, “Let all things be done unto edifying”. An E-Letter from Ted and Barbara Knight to our Romanian family
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