By Faith We Choose Christ And His People

Acts 7:20-37, Philippians 3:8

"... do count them but dung, that I may win Christ."

By faith Moses chose "rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt" (Heb 11:25-26). It is not easy to choose Christ and His people when Christ is despised, rejected and blasphemed, and His people are hated and persecuted. To choose to do so means we are willing to be despised, rejected, hated and persecuted. Who is willing? We cannot do that if our hearts do not truly know God and trust in Him. The Bible says that "when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel" (Acts 7:23). "It came into his heart!"

We thank God that Moses did not forget God and what his parents had told him and taught him when he was young although he grew up in the Egyptian court! Moses was not ashamed to be among God's people, and he went out to visit them, "Esteeming (regard, count) the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt." Only by faith in God, in our Saviour Jesus Christ, and in God's Word can we do so. Like Paul, we can say, "Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ" (Phil 3:8); and "Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach" (Heb 13:13).

Moses "had respect unto the recompence of the reward" and "he endured, as seeing him who is invisible" (Heb 11:26-27). We can endure or persevere until the end when we look at our Lord Jesus Christ, believe in His Word, and highly value His reward, "For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us" (Rom 8:18). Are you willing to choose Christ and His people?

THOUGHT: Do I willingly count all things but loss to win Christ?

PRAYER: Lord, help me to rather have Thee than anything else.


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