Money, money, money… screams the world! And we Christians sometimes agree. “If only I had…” I’ve caught myself whispering. But what does God think of it all?
“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 11:25-27 NKJV
Which wealth do we really want? I find as I write this, these words from Hebrews challenge my very concept of wealth.
Think of the status of Moses. ‘Prince of Egypt’, with the world at his finger tips and everything rosy in the garden. Perhaps even the next in line to the throne of Egypt. “When he came of age..” talk about growing up! “He refused to be called the son of Pharoah’s daughter”. He saw his destiny among the current ‘downtroddens’ of society, rather than be a prince. He preferred to be a slave with a clear conscience than a king without one.
Where does this find me? Am I prepared to forgo the promotion, the big job, or the big house, just so that I can do God’s will and associate with God’s people. Rest assured, the next 20 years aren’t likely to be easy for evangelical Christians in the Western Secular World.
“Bow to our dictates… or else get out” has already beenheard as a distant thunderclap in the higher echelons of society and in the corridors of power. A storm is brewing and getting ever closer. Am I prepared to give up the cherished position for a reproached position – and realize its wealth?
Moses did! It involved suffering and reproach, but it also involved a place in eternal blessedness, with his name and fame forever honoured in God’s eternal word. It was worth it, to find the true riches.
What about us? Someone has said “We make our decisions, and our decisions make us” – that was certainly true with Moses.