Just before the long list of those in the ‘Hall of Faith’ in Hebrews 11, we find the statement, “you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one. Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward” (Hebrews 10:34-35).
Where does this joy and confidence come from? Verse 32 points out that it comes after we have been “enlightened” by the gospel which this book unfolds in wonderful detail. The glory of Christ in the gospel enables us to “endure a hard struggle with sufferings…being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction” (10:32-33). In chapter 11, Moses “considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward” (11:26).
Joy in suffering for the sake of Christ comes from determining in our hearts that we have “unsearchable riches” in Him (Ephesians 3:8) and they are far greater than what this world can offer. How strong is your confidence in this truth? What reward are you really looking for? Your answer to these questions will determine what you are willing to suffer for Christ’s sake.
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