Pastor Greg shares four resolutions that Moses made – recounted in Hebrews 11 – that profoundly changed his life for the better. If you will make these four resolutions and depend on God to help you, your life will radically improve.
This is week 3: CONSIDERED
By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the temporary pleasures of sin, considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward. By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he persevered, as though seeing Him who is unseen. ~ Hebrews 11:23-27
In this passage, we can see that Moses made four resolutions. Moses, by faith, refused, Moses chose, Moses considered, and Moses persevered. Because of these resolutions, God guided his steps, as well as the steps of the people Moses led and cared for, and these four resolutions Moses made changed all their lives for the better. When you understand the meaning of these four verbs and their implication for your life today, thousands of years later, it’ll change your life for the better as well.
RESOLUTION #3) I Consider God’s Values As Greater Than That Of The World’s.
… considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward. ~ Hebrews 11:26.
To lead, or to suppose or to determine among other possible uses. In context here, hégeomai refers to leading the way, or the leading thought in one’s mind. Something that is highly esteemed, highly regarded, considered as most valuable or most important.
Remember, this is a big deal for Moses. He would have been an heir to all the treasure and power of Egypt as Pharaoh’s grandson. He throws it all away because He values God’s ways, God’s will, God’s approval more highly than the ways of the world. The Apostle Paul agreed.
But whatever things were gain to me, these things I have counted as loss because of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them mere rubbish, so that I may gain Christ … ~ Philippians 3:7-8
Animal excrement. It is a crude word. It is basically the equivalent of our English word crap. Paul calls all of this prestige and popularity stuff in his life dog crap compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ. Moses makes the same value assessment of his life, the same resolution in his life, as well.
What matters most in your life? What are the top three, four, five core values in your life? Until you clarify them you can’t live by them. If you don’t decide what’s important in your life, other people are going to decide it for you.
What were the world’s values in Moses’ time? They’re the same ones that the world has valued throughout history and has continued to value most highly even into our present time, 3,300-3,600 years later. Every single advertisement is built on one of the three core values of the world:
THE WORLD VALUES
1) Passion (Sex – Lust of the Flesh)
2) Possession (Salary – Lust of the Eyes)
3) Position (Status – Lust of Pride)
The world’s value system says: “I want to LOOK GOOD, I want to FEEL GOOD, and I want to HAVE the GOODS. I want to be famous, I want to be rich, and I want to have fun.” Moses had all that already but he walked away from all of that. He resolved to walk away from the very things most of us spend our entire lives trying to get.
The world is passing away and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God continues to live forever. ~ 1 John 2:17
WHAT DOES GOD VALUE?
1) God Values Purpose More Than Popularity.
2) People Are More Valuable Than Pleasure.
3) Peace Of Mind Is More Valuable Than Possessions.
Therefore, since we also have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let’s rid ourselves of every obstacle and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let’s run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking only at Jesus, the originator and perfecter of the faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. ~ Hebrews 12:1-3
Our vision sets our values. Our vision sets our values. What you’re looking at will determine what you value. And if you keep your eyes on Jesus, that’s what you’re going to value.