Treasure Seekers (Hebrews 11:24-26)

 

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 pleasures of sin for a short time. 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.

God used Moses for a lot of things: Confronter of Powers, Deliverer, Sojourner-in-Chief, Law Giver, etc., … Without a doubt, Moses had an amazing life but his turning point came when he stepped down as Prince of Egypt in order to become a Follower of Christ. As a prince, Moses had it “made-in-the-shade.” The world was his oyster and he sucked the juices out it in terms of its power, pleasure, and plunder. So who forsakes the “pleasures of sin” to identify with, suffer for, and eventually lead, an unsophisticated, impoverished, and enslaved people? Only one type of person does so, a treasure seeker.
When Moses compared the “Treasures of Egypt” with the “Treasure of Christ” it was an easy decision for him to make. Just as it was for his treasure-seeking twin in the New Testament, the Apostle Paul (formerly known as Saul). After seeking the treasures of the world in terms of religion, wealth, and prestige, Paul began to seek Christ as the far surpassing treasure. He lays out his experience in Philippians 3:7-8

7 But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the far surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ.

Compared to Christ the world is nothing more than a heaping pile of steaming hot “rubbish.” How much different, how more joyful, and how more enriched would our lives be if we really, really believed that and began to seek the spiritual treasures of Christ more than the material treasures of the world?

Agape,

Pj

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