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Considering the Reproach of Christ Greater Riches

October 26, 2014

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Considering  the Reproach  of Christ  Greater Riches

We make many choices  in our lifetime  —  some good and wise,  and others not so good  or wise.     Moses made a choice  that affected  his eternal life  —  as does absolutely everybody  that has ever lived.     Hebrews 11:24-26 tells  about Moses choice,

By faith  Moses,  when he had grown up,  refused  to be called the son  of Pharaoh’s daughter,  choosing rather  to endure ill-treatment  with the people  of God  than to enjoy the passing pleasures  of sin,  considering the reproach  of Christ  greater riches  than the treasures  of Egypt;  for he was looking  to the reward.

Since Pharaoh’s daughter raised Moses  in the palace  of Pharaoh,  he grew up  having the best  of the best  of everything  to be had.     Because Moses’  real mother became his nursemaid  (Exodus chapter 2),  Moses also got to be raised  in the true faith,  without Pharaoh’s family actually realizing it.     Then the big choice was laid  in his lap.     He could spend this life  in luxury  amongst royalty  —  or  he could choose  to live  as a lowly Hebrew,  a follower  of the LORD God Almighty.

Many people  in this world choose the riches  of this world  over leading a tough life  of faith  in the LORD.     They gleefully imagine  that their choice  is a no-brainer.       Having popularity,  money,  and every sort  of pleasure  right now  just seems more desirable  than some far-off hope  for heaven  and a life  with God.

But,  Hebrews says  that Moses was very willing  to  “endure ill-treatment  with the people  of God”.     Why?     Because he was wisely  considering  the reproach  of Christ greater riches  than the treasure  of Egypt”.     Because Moses’ mother  had a hand  in raising him,  he had a good,  strong upbringing  in the true faith.     His mother taught him  that the LORD  had promised  a Savior  —  the “Christ”  —  and that this  “Christ” would bring salvation  to every believer  in the whole world.     Moses knew  that in choosing the coming Christ,  he would be given  eternal life  through faith.

The “reward”  of heaven  is so awesomely wonderful  that it doesn’t matter  if we undergo  “ill-treatment”  of any sort  here on earth.     Truly,  enduring  the reproach  of Christ”   “by faith”  will give all believers  “greater riches  than the treasures  of Egypt”  and  “greater riches”  than all the riches  in the whole wide world.

As Moses came  to have  “faith”  by learning  from his mother,  we can come to  “faith”  and grow  in “faith”  by learning  from God’s word  in the Bible.     As 1 John 2:27 says,

As for you,  the anointing  which you received  from Him  abides in you,  and you have no need  for anyone  to teach you;  but as His anointing teaches you  about all things,  and is true  and is not a lie,  and just as it has taught you,  you abide  in Him.

“Considering  the reproach  of Christ  greater riches”,  we open up His word  and grow in faith,  saying,  “Hallelujah!      LORD,  thank You  for leading us  in Your eternal word.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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