Moses' Defining Moment
Last Sunday, Ron spoke about Moses’ defining moment - where God changed his heart; he decided to leave Egypt behind and commit himself to God and to God’s people.
Listen to the message HERE.
But “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. By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible.” Heb. 11:24-27
We have (and need) this picture of how Moses changed in this moment
One of the reasons we are studying this book is that it illustrates, or gives us real-life pictures of God’s salvation.
We need both statements and pictures, concepts and examples, principles and illustrations.
- The Bible teaches that “if you believe in the Lord Jesus, you will be saved.”John Piper, in his book “Desiring God” (highly recommend), claims that the world is filled with unconverted people who say they believe in Jesus. That the phrase is empty.
- So we need more than words to understand and know what it means to be saved and now we are going to look at Moses and gain some help in understanding what it means to have our hearts converted
First on God’s agenda is getting Moses out of Egypt
- But not simply out of that location. God needs to take Egypt out of Moses’ heart.
- As the story in Exodus progresses we will come to realize that while getting Israel out of Egypt is a great feat done by God’s Mighty Hand, the even greater challenge and deeper problem is going to be getting Egypt our of Israel
God’s agenda is far more than merely living in the Promised Land; it is living a life of worship in the Promised Land. It is living with new hearts that know and love the God who set them free.
How do we have our own defining moment?
It starts with believing in Jesus:
Believing in Jesus means more
Defining moments change us and alter our future.
Believing in Jesus means
Valuing the reproach of Christ more than the treasures of Egypt
- Some treasures are “fleeting” and some are eternal.
- Willing to be mistreated with the people of God rather than being called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.
- Because these are the people that have been rescued just like you.
We choose a different kind of treasure.
We choose a different identity
Why should you believe in Jesus?
- Jesus left the glory of heaven to come down and identify with you and me.
- [Jesus] came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:11-13
Do you believe in Jesus?
What kingdom do you actually belong to? Who are you actually following? What do you actually treasure?
HOW have you had a defining moment? And if so, is your defining moment still defining your life?
Walk it Out: We need our own defining moment with God.
Have you had a defining moment?
How have you changed? How do you look / live differently than before?
What do you treasure?
Which kingdom do you belong to?
How does that kingdom reflect in your daily life, your decisions, your actions, your emotions?
In what areas do you find “Egypt” more attractive?
Where do you need God’s grace to get “Egypt out of you?”