Is The Reward Worth The Fight?
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Hebrews 11:24-26 By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.
I don't know about you but some days I just don't want to watch what I eat; I just want to let down my guard and forget about healthy eating and just eat whatever I want!
I'm sure Moses had days like that as well. There were probably days when he wondered if he really wanted to do what God called him to do. After all he was a human just like me. But the Word says there were several things that he did to make it through the difficult days.
The first significant thing I noticed in this portion of scripture that set Moses up to win was that he did it by faith! What does that mean? Well, to me it means that he trusted in God more than himself; even to the point that he struck out to be what God wanted him to be without depending on his own strength, but looking unto God to do what he couldn't do in the natural. He didn't look at how impossible it would be to lead the people of God out of bondage because He depended on God's ability to set them free through him instead of his own ability to do it. That's what faith is; depending on God rather than myself to the point that I walk like it's done! He walked it out in his heart before he did it in the natural. He saw God as the bigger One in the picture; the One who if He said it, He would do it! His vision of God doing what He promised was bigger than the obstacles he encountered.
The next thing I noticed is that he laid aside his noble name, his friends that came with that territory and embraced the ones that God had said he would lead. He changed courts! He changed associations. Those that would have discouraged him from doing what God called him to do were left behind! Some times we have to run with a different crowd in order to move to a different place; to move up in the things that God has called us to do.
Another thing that I noticed about Moses is that he gave up the passing pleasures of sin. Whoa! Now we're down to where the rubber meets the road. He could have had everything that nobility would have bought for him, but God said it was the passing pleasures of sin! God's viewpoint and ours can be totally different. All Moses was doing was living according to the world's standards by which he had been raised. But he had to have an attitude adjustment in order to succeed! Sometimes I need an attitude adjustment, too! How about you? Sometimes I need to re-visit the scripture that says my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit! Sometimes I need to re-focus my thoughts on how to take care of my temple!
Moses then thought about what he was giving up and counted it as nothing compared to the riches of Christ Jesus, even though it meant that suffering would be a part of it. My flesh needs to be starved at times in order to accomplish what my temple needs to bring it to the place where it looks like the Holy Spirit would choose to live. My body on the outside doesn't always reflect the power of the Holy Spirit that resides on the inside. I have to ask myself a question: Do I look like what I profess to be? Do I display on the outside the great power of the Holy Spirit that lives within me? Am I walking the walk or simply talking the talk? Just questions for reflection....
The last thing I noticed about Moses is that he won the fight by looking to the reward. Moses looked past all the pain and suffering because he had a picture of the reward at the end of all the stuff he was going to go through. He knew it would be tough. He knew that God would test him to see if he could stand the pressure. He knew the people would, at times, almost drive him crazy! But he kept looking past those things to the end result. He pictured the reward at the end of the battle!
And again I have to ask myself: How great is the picture of the reward in my mind? Do I have a picture of what I want to look like when I reach my goal? Am I willing to press past the calorie laden goodies to get to the goal? With all that said, my final question is: How can I give up and let the enemy win the battle when God has equipped me to win and reap the reward?
How about you? Will you choose the temporary pleasures of eating calorie laden goodies or go for the gold....the reward at the end of the battle?
Father, I pray that You will help me to keep my focus! Lord, I need Your strength for the battle ahead of me. I pray that You will remind me when I am growing wearing that there is a great reward ahead of me if I will not give up or let down my guard and eat the things that put weight on instead of taking it off. I pray for my Spark Friends as well that You will empower them for success. Give us all the stamina to keep on keeping on! Thank You, Father, for equipping us with Your power to win! In Jesus name I pray. Amen.