He chose to be mistreated with God’s people, rather than enjoy the pleasures of sin. 

He considered the reproach of Christ (regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ) of greater value than the treasures of Egypt because he was looking ahead to his reward.  Hebrews 11:25-26

     The third question Moses answered was: What is really important in life? He decided his priorities and values.

     What is your highest value? The answer you give will determine a lot of things for you.

From a human standpoint, Moses had everything. At the time much of the riches of the world were stored in Egypt. He had what most people spend their entire lives trying to get: power, pleasure, and possessions.

      YET, something turned out to be more important than that. He set his values on something higher and more lasting. Moses considered disgrace for the sake of Christ to have more value than the riches of Egypt. The word consider means he made a judgment; not a rash conclusion. “After careful consideration” he rejected the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to treasures in Heaven—he looked to THE reward.

     What was the disgrace of Christ? Christ left the glories of heaven, “emptied himself” and became a servant. He made himself of no reputation. It means going from a position of honor to being treated with scorn and disdain.  Instead of having everything he wanted, Moses put himself in a position to have nothing. Isn’t that what Jesus did for us?

     Moses chose to reject the pleasures of sin which are momentary and passing to do the work of God which is lasting and eternal. That’s the choice that a person of faith makes. Are there pleasures in sin? Yes, but  Moses wasn’t seduced by the priorities of the people around him or by his surroundings. He rejected material things because there was something more important to him. What mattered? “Sacrifices made for the sake of Christ.”

     Moses made a conscious choice to suffer affliction with the people of God. He chose to suffer! Who does that? Men and women who serve the Lord as missionaries around the world. Moms and dads who foster or adopt hurting and wounded children. Doctors who choose to do their residency in third-world countries. People who give generously and sacrificially to help others. Those who serve in their churches and communities, rather than selfishly live to serve themselves. Those who show up faithfully at work every day and do their jobs as unto the Lord—on days when they feel like it and on days when they don’t. People who love God and live to honor Him. They choose their values, and they live out those values.

*Will you give careful consideration to using your life and resources for the kingdom of God? And then, like Moses, will you choose to live out your values daily?

Father, I ask You to help me give careful consideration to my life and the choices I am making. May I be willing to suffer for Your cause, the burden that You’ve given me to carry…the responsibility that is in my hands. I value what You value. May I repeatedly choose—daily and hourly—to live by the values and priorities You have put on my heart. I give You honor and glory, Amen.

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