The lectionary readings for today draw our attention to the life of Moses. The unique circumstances of his birth turned into a distinctive adult life. By faith, Moses, when he was a grown man, chose to be mistreated with God’s people rather than enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. Instead of looking for a temporary reward or immediate comfort and satisfaction, Moses saw the end in sight and ordered his life’s trajectory accordingly.
Because Moses had his priorities arranged in light of the future eternal inheritance, he was able to influence others appropriately in the present. It would be easy for us to simply live for the day, to get lost in the daily demands of deadlines and duties. But keeping the end in view is both helpful and necessary to having peace of mind, faith in heart, and purpose through action for today.
The kind of reward we are looking forward to will determine what we set our affections upon. If, like the Pharisees of old, we want an immediate recognition of our work and spiritual effort now, we may get it – but nothing more. However, if we look ahead to an eternal reward, considering the reproach of Christ as greater wealth than the treasures of this world, then we will receive it, even though our present situations may not be pleasant. It is the wise person who works today for a reward that will come another day.
Eternal God, since you see all of history from beginning to end, help me to have a proper perspective of my circumstances, my relationships, and myself so that I might rightly order my loves and point them in the direction of Christ. Amen.