Friday, October 21st, 2016
Suffering (Part 25)
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.
Hebrews 11:24-26 (NKJV)
Moses was destined to be a mover. Floating down the river in a basket previewed his future years of displacement. When Moses abandoned Pharaoh's palace, when he embraced the life of a shepherd, when he took his kin on a prolonged tour, God's leading man understood homelessness.*
Behind him, believers learned a lesson; their true home wasn't any place on earth:** neither Egypt nor in the Promised Land; neither palaces nor nice neighborhoods; not even among loved ones who would die. Their only dependable Home was God, and He is exceptionally mobile.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Like Moses, you are world travelers, so don't get trapped in fancy houses. Like Jesus, you are circuit preachers, so don't get stuck in lovely churches. Like Paul, you are His ambassadors, so don't settle down in one small place.
Media is earth's fastest circuit, and you are destined to fly on it. Regarding desperate refugees currently homeless by the millions, help them however you are able. Because their suffering is yours, too.
But another kind of homelessness afflicts innumerable masses; it's a spiritual displacement, darkening hearts, hopes and destinies; it's a confusion as to comfort: Where can it be found and never lost?
As God's fast track communicators, traveling on airways in the sky, loving without discrimination, rejoicing in every place you land, refusing all ties that would bind you, pointing others to the One True Home, you can lead earth's wanderers to Christ.
To Be Continued...
* The Forty-Year Exodus Route Map: http://www.bible.ca/archeology/maps-bible-archeology-exodus-route.jpg
** 'For here we do not have a lasting city, but we are seeking the city which is to come' (Hebrews 13:14)
** 'Friends, this world is not your home, so don't make yourselves cozy in it' (1 Peter 2:11-12, The Message).
** 'If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world' (John 15:19).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Suffering series.