Eternal Wealth or Earthly Treasure?

July 9, 2022

For he considered reproach for the sake of Christ to be greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, since he was looking ahead to the reward. By faith he left Egypt behind, not being afraid of the king’s anger, for Moses persevered as one who sees him who is invisible.

Hebrews 11:26-27

Would You Rather?

Did you ever as a child—or even today!—find yourself dreaming of the wonderful life you’d live if you simply had it all? Do you think about a dream home, stocked with the finest furnishings? What about a dream car with the coolest features? A dream closet with the nicest clothes?

We often tell ourselves, Well, if I had everything I wanted, I’d be the happiest in the world! But the story of Moses poses the ultimate “Would you rather…?” question. Would you rather have eternal wealth or earthly treasure?

Where is Your Reward?

Moses’ life story is a wild ride. As a baby, he was hidden away for fear of his life. When he grew older, he realized his identity as one of God’s people and chose to dwell among his own people “rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasure of sin” (Hebrews 11:25).

Moses comes from little, experiences the best of the best, and then finds himself coming back to the ultimate truth that guides his worldview for the days to come: “…he considered reproach for the sake of Christ to be greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, since he was looking ahead to the reward.” (Hebrews 11:26). Moses’ face was set on that which was eternal. What about us? In what do we place our own reward—that which is seen or unseen?

Our Stories in The Faith

His story begins with the faith of those who had gone before him and continues as he finds his own place in the midst of God’s great redemption story. He continues to move forward in faith, trusting the Lord’s goodness and provision over the treasures of Egypt and the earthly rewards of this life.

Moses is a hero in the faith because in the choice between eternal wealth or earthly treasure, he did not choose the path of least resistance; he persevered in the midst of hardship because he counted up the cost and knew the Lord was worthy. May the same be true of us today.

Now What?

Do you find yourself in a crossroads, choosing between comfort and obedience? Are you tempted to choose the path of least resistance, like many of those around you? Lean in to the good news of the gospel, the truth of the God who walks beside us as we persevere in truth.

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