Moses was born a Hebrew, but grew up in the house of Pharaoh where he was surrounded by status and privilege. Acts 7:22 tells us, “Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action.”
At the age of forty, while still part of Pharaoh’s royal family, Moses made a decision that changed the course of his life. Hebrews 11:24-26 records it this way:
By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.
Moses’ great decision was that he “refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter” and chose to follow the God of Israel. Moses declared his values, changed his life, and went on to change the lives of countless others.
Consider the following three aspects from his story.
Moses made his decision by faith and when he had grown up.
His decision required maturity, integrity, and trust in God. A spiritually weak person would not have done what Moses did. At this point in his life, Moses was a grown-up. He was strong and unshakable concerning the things of God.
Moses was not distracted by the world’s pleasures and treasures.
He did not sell out to Pharaoh.
In the world’s eyes Moses had it made—he was a royal in the house of Pharaoh, yet he walked away. Why? Moses walked away because, “He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ [i.e., Israel’s Messiah to come] as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt.”
Moses chose the treasure of greater value.
Moses knew he would be mistreated by his former colleagues who would consider his actions to be a disgrace.
Moses chose to follow God despite his awareness of the personal sacrifice it would bring. Sometimes when we choose Jesus Christ and do the right thing, the world responds with its wrath. Know that this is nothing new.
Moses’ life is a living testimony to 1 Peter 4:13-14 which declares:
But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.
Did Moses’ great decision bear good fruit?
Yes, of course, it did. After leaving Pharaoh’s house, Moses went on to become Israel’s national hero, law-giver, and mediator with God. He became a man of unprecedented accomplishment and worldwide influence.
Today, about 3,500 years after his great decision, Moses is remembered as one of mankind’s most respected leaders.
Declare your Christian values before others.