Where Your Heart Is...
“By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.” Hebrews 11:24-26
There was a show that I absolutely loved as a kid. The show was about a boy who seemed to have everything. He had this cool train that ran through the house and video games in the living room - actual full size arcade games with a couple pin ball machines as well. He wore nice clothes with all the latest brands and he had the coolest friends. The prettiest girls liked him and he threw the greatest parties. His dad and step-mom were hip and allowed him to do anything he wanted. I was so jealous of him and wanted to change my name to the “Ricker.”
Each show began with the main character arriving into the living room riding on the train from his room. I actually had to walk from my room to the living room, and when I did, there was only a vacuum cleaner to greet me. I was so envious of the arcade games, nice clothes, and good looks that I wanted to be the fictitious “Ricker”. I failed to see the negative aspects of his lifestyle, and I failed to see what I had in reality.
The main character did not have a godly lifestyle nor did he ever mention God. I was attracted to him for all the wrong reasons, and I was ungrateful for all I really had. If you had asked me to trade lifestyles, I would have done it in a second. I was short sighted and would have chosen the riches of his make-believe world over my godly home in which I was raised and loved.
I admire Moses for his character and his tremendous faith. He lived in the house of Pharaoh and was part of the royal family. He had access to all the finer things in life, and he was trained in all things someone would hope to be trained in. He didn’t ride into the living room on a train, but I imagine he would be carried into the living room if he so asked. He had goals and his vision went far past what he could see. He chose to be counted with God’s people and forsook the riches that this present world could offer him. He took the affliction he would suffer with God’s people rather than the temporary pleasures of this world, so he could enjoy eternal pleasures. His focus was on the eternal reward and he was laying up treasures where moth and rust do not destroy.
Moses did great things for God, and God used him in a mighty way. Through God, Moses parted the Red Sea and led a great nation that could not be destroyed. He led God's people to the edge of the Promised Land. He is now in the greatest place of Promise with his Heavenly Father. Moses chose correctly and has received his reward from the Creator. He was wise to see beyond what he could temporarily see, because he took God at His Word. By faith he believed, and by faith he has received the reward.
Where are you today friend? Do you seek the pleasure and riches of this world over the promises of God? Do you live your life for today, or do you live life for eternity? Does God have your heart, are you entangled with the things of this world? May our focus be on God and may we not get tangled up with what is shiny, but be moved toward that which is gold. May our hearts belong to him and may our treasures be laid up in a place that will last forever. Matthew 6:19-21 states, "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."
Stay in the fight!