I am not one who thinks there is some exact formula to serving God. Our walk of faith will lead each of us down paths that are unique to our calling.
Within that walk of faith, however, there are definitely key points we need to be aware of in the Word of God. I would like to discover some of those key points, as pointed out in the life of Moses, that have application to all of us.
Let’s quickly review Hebrews 11:23-29:
By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment. By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing 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: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them. By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.
Seven Key Principles of Moses
I have identified seven keys within the life of Moses that brought him to the place where God was able to use him in such a mighty way. The first area is that he refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.
We are aware that Egypt represents a type of the world. Pharaoh and his house represented the seat of authority in this example. For Moses to refuse to be identified with this household, he was refusing the benefits of what Pharaoh’s house could offer him. He was separating himself to the place that he would be dependent upon God as his sole source.
We, as Christians, must make the Word of God final authority in our lives and stop trying to fit in, but instead allow our lives to define what is right by refusing to be identified with the kingdom of the world.
Once Moses refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, he chose to suffer affliction with the people of God. In today’s American society, God’s people are not suffering affliction. However, this actually makes the point even more meaningful.
You cannot refuse without making a choice to replace what you once participated in. In Moses’ case, he refused a very profitable and comfortable position for a place of affliction.
It is interesting to note how few of today’s Christians are even willing to socialize with other Christians. They go to church once or twice a week, but the rest of their lives are filled with secular activities. If we are going to ever fulfill our purpose and be used by God in the way that He wants, we are going to have to choose to be a part of the people of God no matter what we must sacrifice.
Many will wonder how we are to make a choice like this, but the Word of God tells us how Moses was able to make what seemed to be a very difficult choice.
He esteemed the reproach of Christ as greater value than what Egypt could offer. This is where many have fallen short in their Christian lives. The things of God are eternal, therefore making them of more value than anything in the natural.
Moses understood this to the point that he realized that even the hard part of the kingdom is greater than the natural riches of the world. If we Christians want to be successful in our refusing the world and choosing the things of God, we are going to have to realize that eternal principles are of far more value than natural riches.
Once Moses made this quality decision based on valuing eternal things more than natural things, he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king. Moses literally left the things of the world behind and was not concerned about the repercussions.
How many times do we make decisions about our Christian life concerned about what those of the world will think about us? The Lord wants disciples who are willing to follow Him no matter what the cost. Jesus tells us in Luke 9:62, “…No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”
We know that when Moses left Egypt, his life was quite different and in many ways, much more difficult than when in Egypt. However, the Word tells us he was able to endure because his eyes were on Him who was invisible. In Hebrews 12:2, we are told, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith….”
If we are going to endure in this Christian life as we go through difficult circumstances, we are going to have to keep our eyes on Jesus knowing that He is with us and will never leave us.
After all of this, we find that Moses kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood. We need to keep the commandments of God. The Kingdom of God is just that, a Kingdom. It has a King and it has citizens of the Kingdom.
Within this Kingdom, there are commandments and the Lord expects us to submit ourselves to his commands. There are tremendous promises of abundance for the citizens of the Kingdom, but they are all tied to submission to the authority of the Word. Moses kept the Words of God, just as we too must keep the Words of God.
7) Passed Through
In our final analysis, we find that Moses passed through the Red Sea. As we pursue our purpose in becoming a disciple of Christ we must realize that the Lord will open doors and areas of opportunity to bring us closer to our purpose. We must be determined to pass through what God opens no matter what pressure is upon us or how unnatural the way may seem.
Moses serves as a good example for us as we travel the road that takes us to our ultimate purpose here on earth. Let’s learn from his life so that we too might be found faithful and find our names among the faith heroes in heaven.