Thursday, December 11, 2014

What Reward Are You Looking For?

"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 than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward."
Hebrews 11:24-26 (NKJV)

Everyone knows that while both gold and silver are valuable, gold is more valuable than silver.  Economy class, business class, and first class seats may all be available on an airplane, but given the choice people would fly in first class instead of either economy or business class.  These are some natural examples of things we deal with in life; there are some things that are good but there are other things that are even better.  Sometimes we have to let go of one thing to be able to get another, sometimes we have to leave the good behind to have the best.

Hebrews 11 tells us that Moses rejected the treasures of Egypt but looked to the reward, which seems like a contradiction.  The treasures of Egypt were a reward but it was not the only kind of reward that was available.  Moses perused one reward while forsaking another.  Moses could have taken the treasures of Egypt and avoided some suffering, but Moses understood that there was a greater reward available to him.  We too have choices about what we will pursue.  What kind of reward are we looking for?  The best things to have may not always be the easiest things to get.

There are times when we will face choices about what we pursue and often the choice comes down to a quicker but not so valuable reward as opposed to a better reward that we will not receive as soon.  This could be compared to someone putting aside immediate gratification to reach a long term goal.  There are some things that may look like a treasure to us, and it may even be a good thing, but is it the best thing?  Is what we are pursuing a truly godly goal that will bring us a true reward?  Keep God's plans and purposes for your life in first place and even if like Moses you leave behind some "treasure" you can be sure you will still reap real rewards, now and in eternity.

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