MONDAY 21ST JUNE, 2021
THEME: SUFFER FOR GOD
PASSAGE: HEBREWS 11:23-29
MEMORY VERSE: Daniel 1:8 “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the King’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank. Therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile
HYMN: MHB 182 (L.M.) -WHEN I survey the wondrous cross himself.
In today’s devotional, we are called upon to meditate on the life of Moses, who was supposed to be destroyed according to Pharaoh’s laws in those days, concerning the children of Israel. But the grace of God preserved him. He was raised, though by his mother, but for the palace. Moses saw all the comfort of the King’s palace but refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter (v24). Rather, he chose to identify with the sufferings of the people of Israel to whom he rightly belonged. The Bible says that he esteemed the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt!
This is a very big challenge to us today as God’s people. Oftentimes, we confess faith in Christ because of what we seek and not because we have chosen to suffer with Christ. A good number of Christians would bid their faith goodbye as soon as they are offered good and juicy positions or inheritance.
What is your faith like now? Do you prefer the cucumbers of Egypt to the future glory of the Promised Land? Moses knew that the glory of the latter house shall definitely surpass that of the present. Let us remember that whatever this life offers is temporary. It is not everlasting. But the gift of God is eternal life to all who suffer with Christ in the present age. The Bible says in 2 Tim 2:12 that if we suffer with Him, we shall equally reign with Him.
Child of God, I do not know what juicy offer that the present age is offering you so that you would forget your heavenly destiny? Today God is calling you back to the fold where you rightly belong. Do not neglect this call. Come back to Christ.
Identify and suffer with Him for the sake of eternal life and you will not regret it. Moses later became a hero of faith. His sufferings paid off. Apostle Paul suffered a lot in his attempts to spread the gospel of Christ (2 Cor. 11:23-26). Can you do that for the sake of Jesus?
PRAYER: Lord God, help us to suffer with You, knowing very well that our rewards hereafter will be far better than whatever that is present, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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