Wednesday, December 13

Eyes on the prize

Scripture: Hebrews 9-11

Hebrews 11:24-26 It was faith that made Moses, when he had grown up, refuse to be called the son of the king’s daughter. 25He preferred to suffer with God’s people rather than to enjoy sin for a little while. 26He reckoned that to suffer scorn for the Messiah was worth far more than all the treasures of Egypt, for he kept his eyes on the future reward.

Observation

Moses kept his eyes on the future reward.  He kept his eyes on the prize!

When faced with a choice between Israel and Egypt, his native family and his adopted family, Moses made the hard choice.  It was hard because choosing Israel  meant rejection, persecution, scorn and suffering.  And it was hard because choosing Egypt would have meant power, prestige, comfort, and “all the treasures of Egypt.”

Given that choice, most people would take the easy way.  That’s human nature.  But Moses chose the harder way because he kept his eyes on the future reward.  He was able to say no to temptation now in order to win a greater reward later.  He could say no now because he could see a bigger YES ahead.

Application 

Do I have the foresight and maturity to say no to something now so I can say yes to something better later?  I admit that I enjoy instant gratification.  I’m not always good at waiting, or saying no.  So my challenge today is to think ahead.  When presented with a choice, think more about God’s desire for my future than my desire for instant gratification.

Prayer: Lord, You know my tendency to choose what I want now rather than thinking about what You want for my future.  Help me to keep my eyes on the prize and like Moses, make good choices.