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Rags to Riches

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His was a rags to riches story. One day he was a slave, the next day he was a Prince. As an infant, he was placed in the Kings care and everything he ever thought about wanting was his. But there was a calling on his life. From the day he became aware of anything, his mother taught him that he was not an Egyptian, he was a Jew. He had a special calling to be set apart for God.

He heard the call the day he saw the Egyptian beating the Israelite. He intervened and killed the Egyptian. Then, the suffering began. He had to run away and leave it all behind: the royal robes, the chariot, the rich food, and the powerful position. It was all lost in one day! He was called to suffer.

He heard the call again when the bush flamed and God’s voice told him to go back to the very land he had just left and tell Pharoah to let the God’s people go. That was dangerous! His face was probably on posters in every post office. He was going back to certain death. The suffering continued.

He heard the call when He miraculously was used to deliver God’s people. The glow of victory, though, was soon eclipsed by the whine of grumbling. The people weren’t happy and they weren’t quiet. They blamed Moses for their bad situation and would have, at times, even killed him if they thought they could. The suffering continued.

It was difficult. There were times when he wanted to quit; times when he asked God why he had put such a weight on his shoulders. The suffering continued. And yet. Yet, Moses endured. How? How was he able to make it. Hebrews 11 tells us:

By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, 26 esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward. 27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible.

And, in that, he was like Christ. He was willing to suffer and not retaliate because he saw “Him who is invisible.” Christian that is the only way you will ever be able to accept this calling that Christ has given you. You are only able to accept the call to suffer when you trust Him Who is invisible.

There are some truths you need to know about your calling. You need to know that accepting means suffering and trusting brings enduring. But last, you need to know that in this calling

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