It is a remarkable statement that tells us the kind of character God developed in the man and leader we know as Moses. He made some choices that speak directly to us in our day.
“By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward” (Hebrews 11:24–26).
One of the first points we notice in these verses about Moses is who he was willing to identify with. Knowing that he was part of God’s chosen people, it was more important to agree with how God saw him rather than choosing a worldly identification, even though it might have brought him wealth, prestige and a royal title. By this time in his life, Moses realized that his people (Israel) were and would be an oppressed nation.
Why would anyone make this choice when it would mean “mistreatment”? Some choices cannot be measured by worldly wealth. Not only that, most measurements of this world’s wealth are very “fleeting or temporary pleasures.” Though Moses did not know it at the time, the reproach of Christ was what he chose, and that meant rewards out of this world.
Every day, people are making the same choice. Millions are being persecuted because they identify with Jesus as Savior and Lord. They make that choice knowing His name is worth “mistreatment” and dishonor in the eyes of the world. Their reward is far greater than what this world can give!
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