“By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God” (Hebrews 11:24–25). This is craziness again, right? This is just utterly counterintuitive. “Choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.” Fleeting.
“The whole world lives for pleasure. The only difference for Christians is that theirs is fleeting and ours is forever.”
The whole world lives for pleasure, right? The only difference is theirs is fleeting — ours is forever. That’s not the only difference. Ours is Jesus. So, he checks out and weighs in the balance all that Egypt could offer him, all that serving with the people under the reproach of Christ could offer him, and he chooses the reproaches of Jesus. Why? Verse 26: “He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth.”
How are you doing? Is being made fun of part of your treasure, that you love? “He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt.” How? “For he was looking to the reward.” That’s where it came from. The thesis of this message is: if this reward — pleasures at your right hand; joy forevermore — goes down to the marrow of your bones so that you know, “Instead of being dead, I will be with Christ forever,” — joy forever — that will become the root of all your love of the people of God and the nations of the world, so that you can embrace reproaches for Christ and call them, “My wealth.” This is just utterly different from the world.
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