THURSDAY, MAY 13
He thought it was better to suffer for the sake of Christ than to own the treasures of Egypt,
for he was looking ahead to his great reward.
Hebrews 11:26 (NLT2)
LOVE GOD, LOVE PEOPLE: POSSESSION RIVALS
When candy manufacturer John S. Huyler started out in business, he took Jacob’s pledge: “…of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee” (Gen. 28:22). Going to the bank, he opened a special account which he initialed “M.P.” Into that fund he regularly entered a proportionate amount of his income. When anyone asked what the strange label meant, they were told that it stood for “My Partner.” As he kept God uppermost in his mind in all his transactions, his industry grew at a phenomenal rate, and each week the “Lord’s treasury” received increasingly large sums. His gifts to worthy causes and private individuals amazed his business associates. These contributions were always accompanied with the request that the donor should not receive any thanks or glory for his actions. He asked each recipient to offer praise to God alone, for he said, “After all, the money isn’t mine; it’s the Lord’s!”
Moses was tempted to trade Christ treasures for the treasures of Egypt. All Moses had to do was deny his Hebrew faith and turn and follow Pharoah and the world would be his. Moses knew better. He understood that Pharaoh’s treasures were temporary and Pharoah only had what God had allowed him to have for as long as God allowed him to have it. Moses knew that God’s treasures were greater and would last for eternity.
Several of the mom’s shared, during Sunday’s message, how finances and comparison can be distractions to our faith. It’s easy for all of us to forget that we have a God who loves us and will give us everything we need. Sometimes looking at what others have tempts us to invest our treasures in things that don’t last. How have possessions kept you from loving God and loving others as best you could?
Thank God for supplying all your needs. Thank God for the promise of heavenly eternal rewards when we walk by faith in Jesus.