Hebrews 11:24-26 – ‘By faith Moses…refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward.’
We live in a culture of instant gratification. We have fast food, instant access to entertainment we carry in our pockets, and we purchase things on credit that we cannot immediately afford. Is it any wonder then, that the American church struggles with prayer meetings? Is it any wonder that few Christians fast or keep a daily Bible reading program? Is it any wonder that the average “committed” church attender comes to church twice a month? These are spiritual disciplines that are done by faith and do not always have instant gratification wrapped up in them. The participants in these means of grace are looking forward in faith to a greater reward than temporary and fleeting pleasures.
Truly consider this question for yourself today – do you believe there are greater treasures than America’s treasures? There is pleasure in a self-centered lifestyle that operates out of my own self-interest rather than the interests of Christ and other people. The sermon to the Hebrews reminds us that the world’s pleasures are fleeting, but Christ and His rewards are eternal.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the reminder today that the pleasures of sin are temporary and fleeting. Help me to deny myself and live for your will today, setting my hope and my heart on what is to come. In Jesus’ name, Amen.