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 tothe reward. Hebrews 11:24–25 (NKJV)
Throughout the Summer Gathering, we discussed Moses’ life and the various transitions that he faced. One of the most remarkable and convicting things about Moses to me is found in the first three words of the above passage: “By faith Moses . . .”
Moses had incredible faith in God, even when faced with rejection, misery, and death; even when he hardly knew God; even when it meant leaving everything he knew and all the comforts and riches surrounding him. Moses’ faith was so huge that not only did he listen to God, but he took action and chose to suffer affliction—acting solely on faith in God’s promises.
Moses’ story makes me question my attitude toward my own faith. Am I willing to suffer persecution and live with an unfailing and unfaltering faith in God? If so, am I prepared to embrace, not just endure, the affliction to come? Am I ready to abandon all that I’ve become so comfortable with and follow Christ, sharing God’s love and the story of his redeeming gift with the people around me?
We can’t let pride, fear, and fleshly desires distract our focus from a relationship with our heavenly father. As we learn from the life of Moses, may we always remember the reward that has been set before us as a reason to live unafraid, “speaking boldly as we ought to speak” (Ephesians 6:20), with a faith in God’s promises as big as Moses’.
So, what’s holding you back?