Hebrews chapter 11 never fails to inspire me. It contains the hall of fame for great men and women of God. They were not known for their great talents and abilities. Their lives were marked by their faith.
Two common traits of similarity underscored their lives that ranked them among the giants of faith down centuries of biblical history. First, their faith was marked by their decisions to trust God. Second, these decisions defined their lives. Moses’ life exemplified this.
Hebrews 11:24-28 captures Moses’ life in a biblical snapshot and illustrates these two important truths, “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 to the reward. By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible. By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, lest he who destroyed the firstborn should touch them.”
Moses chose to suffer, chose to forsake Egypt, and chose to keep the Passover. These choices defined his life. In short, he chose what he would not enjoy and what he was willing to endure. Because of his choices, he became the one God used to deliver His people from slavery to salvation in the Promised Land.
All of us can be great men and women of God. We must wisely examine what we seek to enjoy, and what we’re willing to endure, for the sake of God’s call in our lives.
Merry Christmas, and have a faith-full week ahead!
- Apostolic Overseer Lawrence Khong