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Identifying with Christ

“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

When we look at the example of Moses we are reminded that our affiliations reflect who we identify with. Moses chose the temporary afflictions of this world so that he would not be identified with a people who did not honor God. He had been afforded all of the privileges and pleasures of Eygpt, yet he denied them because of his identity in the Lord. Moses was not willing to trade eternity for the trappings of this world. The compromise of sin is a passing pleasure. Our reward is never the external things of this world but the eternal things of Christ. Our identity is in the One who died for us and our lives should reflect Him.

We enjoy great privilege from our identity with Christ. These privileges allow us to walk in freedom. We must never forget that our complete dependence on Christ ensures our freedom from sin. When we begin to walk in our own confidence, we forget our complete dependence on Him. Let us remember that in light of eternity, this world pales in comparison to the reward we have waiting for us.

Amber Clendenin


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