By Faith We Forsake The World

Matthew 19:16-30, Hebrews 11:27

"By faith he forsook Egypt..."

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.


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