Why would anyone turn their back on leisure and luxury? Right-minded people only do that when they are convinced that a better life awaits. To Moses’ friends, his departure from Pharaoh’s household must have looked like the craziest investment decision. Moses didn’t even have a hunch that it would pay off big time. He acted because he knew it was the right thing to do regardless of the outcome. We call that faith.
Once Moses got out of his bobbing basket he had it good. Imagine being scooped out of a river by order of a beautiful princess and then raised in the royal nursery and Pharaoh’s finishing school.1 Moses lived the fairytale life until he became a man—then he renounced it for something better.
By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward. (Hebrews 11:24-26)
God often calls us to steps of faith, because faith is the currency of the kingdom of heaven. Faith is how we progress. It’s how we share in accomplishing God’s kingdom objectives. Steps of faith often require us to give up something: our security, our rights, a possession we have, or an investment we have made.
Moses’ abdication from the royal family cut him off from untold wealth and pleasure. Instead, he accepted the abuses of slavery, abuses that Scripture likens to the reproach that Christ suffered. Moses didn’t just become your average Joe; he moved to the slave ghetto. But according to his cost benefit analysis, his total loss amounted to less than the reward that awaited him for obeying God. It seemed as crazy as buying penny stocks, and it was years before he saw real returns, but it was worth it.
Sometimes we face similar faith challenges to Moses:
- It is relatively easy to distance ourselves from sinful behavior and injustices like slavery. Nonetheless, it takes courage to risk losing friends.
- The temptation to hang on to what we already have is strong. Many of us live with a poverty mentality. We struggle to believe that God could possibly bless us even more if we were to relinquish His earlier blessing. Yet the life of faith is often a cycle of giving up good things and receiving even greater blessings—often after a long wait.
- Perhaps the hardest step is to voluntarily adopt the life of society’s exploited outcasts. We can only do it when we know that those outcasts are the people of God’s family, the ones who experience the riches of His grace.
Are you ready to leave everything behind for the King and His kingdom?
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- Exodus 3: 1-10; Acts 7:22. [↩]