Satan is still using the world to attract and tempt many to love the
world and be enslaved to it. Many professing Christians hear God's Word
but still "love the world" with "the lust of the flesh, and the lust of
the eyes, and the pride of life" (1 John 2:15-16), so they cannot bear
good fruit for "he that heareth the word; and the care of this world,
and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh
unfruitful." (Matt 13:22). Only by saving faith in God, in the Lord
Jesus Christ and in His Word can we be willing to forsake the world and
count all things but loss and dung (Phil 3:8).
"By faith Moses when he was come to years, refused to be called the son
of Pharaoh's daughter" By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath
of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible"
(Heb 11:24, 27). Unbelievers regard Moses as foolish because he could
have enjoyed a luxurious life in the royal family and a secure life in
the royal high-ranking class. Moreover, "Moses was learned in all the
wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds"
(Acts 7:22), so he might have earned a famous and respectful position
in the Egyptian society with his scholarship and credentials. However,
by faith in God and in His Word, Moses forsook all the worldly wealth,
fame, power and pleasures, which were just "for a season" (Heb 11:25)!
Pharaoh and the Egyptians were against God's people, oppressing,
exploiting, afflicting and persecuting them, so Moses was willing to
forsake his relation with them and his benefits from them, and endured
as seeing God who is invisible. While we are living in this world, it
does not mean that we cannot be an adopted child of a king or president
or that we cannot hold a high and respectful position in society. But
if that king or that president or that society is against Christianity
and God's Word, oppressing and persecuting Christians, we have to
forsake all. "Whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he
hath, he cannot be my disciple" (Luke 14:33). What about you?
THOUGHT: Am I willing to forsake all to follow the Lord?
PRAYER: Lord, help me to willingly forsake all to follow Thee.