Disgrace For The Sake Of Christ!!!

Allegiance, Depression, Disgrace For The Sake Of Christ!!!, Faith, Fear, Greater Value, Life, Lifestyle, Mistreated, Parenting, Trash, Value

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Every now and then there comes a challenge that tests our faith, our allegiance, our belief system. A choice has to be made for or against. Every now and again the road becomes dry, cracked, dangerous and jagged! Rough sharp points and deep holes challenge our faith, our allegiance, our belief system and the question reverberates in our minds – What am I going to do?

Today I came upon this powerful faith chapter Hebrews 11 and the off-the-chain verses of Hebrews 11 for me were these – verses 23-27 (NIV):

23 By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.

24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.

25 He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.

26 He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.

27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw Him who is invisible. 

It is usually a challenge to leave the “status quo – the normal life” especially when that normal life seems “well-to-do”, relaxing and is accompanied with the bells and whistles of pampering and snuggly comfort. For Moses – there was a choice to be made and his faith and belief in God equipped Moses. Moses set out to keep his allegiance and his faith firmly planted on the side of Jesus Christ.

Moses’ parents caught the God’s vision. They knew that Moses was no ordinary child and they made it their business to assist in the preservation of their son based on their conviction. Praise God for parents who catch the vision of God’s will. Praise God for parents who can dump their fear and depression and fight right through against obstacles that seem to want to wipe out their offspring. Praise God for parents who are not afraid to stand up against (edicts -official orders or proclamation issued by persons in authority) that are unjust and against the cause of Jesus Christ.

But Moses was not just preserved, when he grew up he was empowered and determined. Moses “refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter” – this is significant and some may rush in and say Moses was ungrateful but this is far from the truth. Moses knew that Pharoah’s daughter was helpful to him but he was also keenly aware that the pleasures offered to him were temporary and at the cost of a high price. That price was slavery. That price also came with the expensive tag of losing his soul and eternal life with Christ. So between a rock and a hard place – Moses had to make his decision: Am I going to be mistreated along with the people of God or am I going to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin? This is the question that faces every person on earth today!

Hebrews 11:26 tells us part of his decision-making strategy, here it is: “He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.” Moses had made up his mind that to serve Christ – the Creator of Heaven and Earth was more important to him. He had witnessed the towering heights and bellowing depths that Christ would go to deliver those who are afflicted. He was constantly being educated directly from the throne of God as to the challenges and stubbornness that he would face when he went to ask Pharaoh to release God’s people from slavery. He had sensed that Jesus Christ meant business in terms of man’s salvation and some day a powerful sacrifice would be made to liberate us from the power of sin and guilt.

Moses continued to look ahead – ahead to his reward. Today our reward is also in the future. Once we choose to stand on the side of Christ – we will be certain to enter the Kingdom of God when Christ returns. Christ’s kingdom would be exceptionally beautiful one that we can never imagine. 1 Corinthians 2:9 states that: “…Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9 KJV). Not only will Christ’s kingdom be exceptionally beautiful  – at Christ’s return “Death itself shall die!” Hallelujah!

Being a hero for Christ is described in the last verse of the passage Hebrews 11:27

27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw Him who is invisible. 

To be one of Jesus Christs’ heroes here on earth I must be able to leave Egypt – here Egypt is symbolic of the place of slavery – but it is also symbolic of the place of temporary ease and pleasure!!! Moses turned his back on Pharaoh the king and focused his attention and trust instead on God the crowning ruler of the entire universe. Moses persevered because he saw Him who is invisible! Moses realized that by faith a more substantial and greater future was available to him all he had to do was to look to God for his daily sustenance and trust Him every step of the way. The king’s anger was dumped  in the trash! The disgrace for the sake of Christ was dumped in the trash! The possibility of becoming a future Pharaoh were all dumped in the trash by Moses!

Today, don’t be afraid – just get up and dump your fear, your depression, your guilt and any thing else that cripples your obedience and allegiance to Christ!

Right now, God welcomes us to choose disgrace for the cause of Christ – for there is power in the Name of Jesus that no earthly reward can match!

 

 

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