What is the focus of your life? Are you a person of passion for the things of God, or is that passion just a sporadic experience for you? If you had to describe the compelling treasure in your life, what would it look like? Consider Hebrews 11:24-26:
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 passing pleasures of sin, considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward.
Like the other men and women described in Hebrews 11, Moses saw himself as an alien and a stranger on earth (v. 13). He understood the transitory nature of this earthly pilgrimage and looked beyond it to God’s reward. With Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Joshua, Rahab, Gideon, and the others who are described in this chapter, Moses came to see that in this world he would not receive what had been promised (v. 39).
To be people whose vision for this life is compatible with God’s purposes, we must develop a passion for the things God calls important. Our faith must be characterized by assurance of what we hope for and certainty of what cannot be seen (v. 1). A biblical vision is informed by the person and promises of God, and those give us stability and focus — a stable perspective and clear direction in an earthly context of uncertainty and changing circumstances. By reading Hebrews 11, we can reflect on the people who found that perspective and let it spur them on to great deeds for God regardless of the earthly reward.
How many people have you met who hope in Christ for their eternal destiny and yet hope in this world for everything else? How often are you one of them? As believers in Christ, we must enter into God’s vision for our lives and allow this vision to affect our view of everything else.
*Taken from Handbook to Leadership: Leadership in the Image of God by Kenneth Boa, et al.