“By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 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. By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.” Hebrews 11:24-27
Sometime ago, I read somewhere that the Dutch boast that God made the world, but the Dutch made Holland. I also read that this is because practically half of the land area was recovered from the sea. To keep the land separated from the ocean, a network of dikes were constructed at many different points for controlling or holding back the water. But it is said that, even with the very impressive network of embankments, water unavoidably ooze gradually through the protection walls. To help this obviously dangerous situation, pumps and canals were constructed to redirect water out. Supposing that the encroaching water were allowed to stay, Holland would be at risk of eventually sinking and becoming submerged.
What is true for Holland, in a sense, is also true for the Christian. Employing the language of Scriptures, the Christian, although not of the world, is in the world. And the world finds ways of seeping insidiously into our lives. The world tries to move from outside and around us to inside us, hence the admonition of Apostle Paul to the Roman believers, “...be not conformed to this world…”
We therefore need to set up barriers to protect us from the relentless pressure of this present evil world to make us conform to its standards. Now let’s take a look at Moses, and learn from his life, principles that will ensure that the world does not eventually seep into our lives—our relationships, our marriages, our churches, the way we do business, etc—to the point that we start looking like the world instead ofChrist, who Himself is the pattern-son.
In our study text, the phrase— “…Moses,…refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter”—indicates that, although Moses was in Egypt, ‘Egypt’ was notin him. The world around him stayed out despite the alluring wealth and glamour of Egypt. Is this the case for many of us who profess faith in Jesus Christ? Have we been able to keep the world out of our lives?
Our bible text tells us three important things about Moses:
1. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God.
2. He valued disgrace for the sake of Christ more than the treasures of God.
3. He looked ahead to his reward.
Let’s simplify the above mentioned points. We see
(a) His choice
(b) His values
(c) His hope
Anyone who aims at keeping all that the world is and all that it offers out of his life must pay attention to three aspect of his journey in the Faith: His choices, His values, and the Hope.
Satan cannot succeed in bringing back into our lives what Christ Jesus has set us free from through faith in Him, without first attempting to tamper with our choices, corrupt our values or blur our vision of the hope. The areas of your life where you feel pain, shame and regret are probably areas where you made an ungodly choice, or failed to uphold right values, and had forgotten the hope—the reward of the crown of life—promised by our Lord to all who are faithful.
I feel strongly that God has asked me to speak to you about these three aspects of your walk as a Christian: choices, values, and the hope. I encourage you to stick with me in the next few days as we look into what the bible says concerning these vital areas of the Christian walk.
Prayers: Heavenly Father, I thank You for delivering me from the power of sin and satan. Through the sacrifice of Your Son, Jesus, my ransom was eternally paid and my sins forgiven. Lord, how wonderful it is to know that not only are my past sins forgiven, they are also forgotten. For You said, ‘…their iniquities will I remember no more.’ Father thank You! Your name be praised for ever! I will never go back, away from You; this is my pledge. Therefore, I ask You to fill me with spiritual insight and understanding, so that I will be able to honor You with my choices as I run this holy race set before me. In Jesus Christ name, Amen!
Pastor David Takefe writes from Benin and can be followed on his blog https://crosstalk8.wordpress.com/