Choosing Christ over the Treasures of America

Wednesday is for Prayer

Mistreatment“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) 

Stunning statements here by the writer of Hebrews. Consider just the fact that 1,400 plus years before the time of Christ, Moses considered the “reproach of Christ” better and more valuable than the privilege and power of the Egyptian court. But this morning I am looking at the verse that is emphasized in bold italics. 

choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God …

Couple that verse with Mark 4:19 and “the deceitfulness of riches and the desire for other things” that Jesus says chokes the word of the Kingdom from ever becoming fruitful in our lives.  So here is a prayer for today.

“Lord, make me like Moses. Make me desire Christ more than all the things that America has to offer. Don’t let me deceive myself into thinking that riches and power could ever replace You. Help me to desire You, first, foremost and always. In Jesus name, Amen.”

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