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
In the passage above, we read that Moses chose to associate with God’s people instead of living to “enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.” It’s an interesting perspective on the choice Moses made as an adult. He could live his life as an Egyptian or choose to be mistreated as a Jew.
While he obviously never saw the Messiah on earth, Moses did choose God’s great riches over the treasures of Eygpt. No matter where we are in life, it’s the same choice we all must make.
In the moment, selfish sinful lives of “living in Egypt” seem to be a way of living life to the fullest, but is that true? The writer of Hebrews defines that kind of life for the person who only wants “to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.”
Fleeting pleasures. Note that the writer acknowledges the pleasure of sin at the moment. Too often I think we fail to concede that sin feels good and focus on the consequences of sin. Why? The person caught up in the “fleeting pleasures” can’t see what is coming.
Let us be like Moses and live our lives “looking to the reward” of Christ.