Hebrews 11:24-26 (NIV) “By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25 He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. 26 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.”
I live in a culture where Christianity is accepted—at least superficially. One will, for instance, not be arrested for preaching the gospel in a public place. They will be ridiculed, yes, but arrested; no. Many of the social and political decisions in my context are also made against a religious backdrop. People are willing to be accepting of the Christian views as long as their comfort or status quo is not affected.
But we know that for anyone who takes God’s word seriously, following Jesus Christ can be costly. It has cost many of our brothers and sisters in other parts of the world their freedom, and indeed their lives. The Christian worldview and lifestyle is counter-culture. You can’t play a populist card and please God at the same time. We live at a time when believers in the Lord Jesus Christ have to take a firm stand for their convictions.
Moses knew better; he could either identify himself as the prince of Egypt (with all the status and influence it accorded to him) or as one of the Hebrew slaves (and the persecution and shame that came with it). He chose the latter. Yes, he paid the cost—and a very high one at that—but it was worth it. God used him to deliver the Children of Israel from the slavery they had been in for 430 years! There are at least two lessons we can learn from today’s passage:
- Identity: By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter (verse 24). The decisions we make should be shaped by our identity in Jesus Christ.
- Perspective: He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. 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 (verses 25, 26). The decisions we make today have eternal ramifications. Our life does not end here.
Do you feel God prompting you to take a stand on a certain issue? Maybe you feel you are not qualified, or there is so much at stake. Think about your identity in Christ. Choose to live by your convictions. Also think about how your action (or lack of it) today will affect the future.
Dare To Be Different.