The Greater Wealth of Christ

By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward.    Hebrews 11:24-26  (ESV)

Dear HLPC family,

I read this passage recently and found it convicting.  Moses, we are told, “considered the reproach of Christ of greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt.”  Moses considered the disapproval of the world that arose out of His commitment to Christ of greater value than the world’s approval.  Is that true of me as well? 

We live in a time when the world around us has an increasing hostility to the claims of Christ.  The Church has lost much of the influence it once had.  In previous generations, even if our nation’s leaders did not believe in God’s reality and a Biblical worldview, they felt it necessary to give some sort of passing nod to it.  That’s no more.  We are certainly in a post-Christian culture.

Christians are not called to go out of their way to be obnoxious, rude, or belligerent, but we are called to be faithful to Christ above all else.  We are called to value our acceptance and adoption as the sons and daughters of God through Christ to be our greatest treasure.  How do we get there?

We go back to a passage of Scripture like Revelation 7.  We spend time looking at Jesus in the Bible and come to see Him as worthy.  We pray that the Lord will work in our hearts to value Jesus, our gracious and loving Redeemer, as of infinite worth.  May the Lord grant us sweet times of corporate and personal worship that enable us to lay hold of the worthiness of Jesus!

Your Pastor,