Then Moses was content to live with the man, and he gave Zipporah his daughter to Moses. And she bore him a son, and he called his name Gershom; for he said, “I have been a stranger in a foreign land. ”
An American tourist in Israel was eager to meet a famous rabbi. Just days before the man was to return to the United States, a visit with the rabbi was arranged. When the day and hour arrived, the man was ushered into the apartment where the rabbi was staying. Looking around, the tourist was surprised by the lack of furnishings. As the meeting was about to close, the man could contain his curosity no longer. “Rabbi, if I might ask, where is your furniture?”
“Where is yours?” the rabbi shot back.
“Oh, I don’t live here,” the tourist replied. “I’m just passing through.”
“So am I,” the rabbi said.
Moses realized that the wilderness of Midian was not his home, nor was the land of Egypt. The writer of Hebrews says, “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” (11:24-26). Like Abraham, he looked forward to a heavenly country and a city whose builder and maker is God.
Where do you call home? If possessions are the criteria, many Christians are firmly entrenched here on earth. Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). An anonymous author, approaching the latter years of his life, wrote in great remorse: “How I’ve wast ed my life. . . I have pursued shadows and entertained myself with dreams. I have been treasuring up dust and sporting myself with the wind. I might have grazed with the beasts of the fields, or sung with the birds of the woods, to much better purposes than any for which I have lived.” I wonder how many Christians might say the same.
Perhaps God is asking you to simplify your life. Are there earthly treasures that you might turn into heavenly investments? You’ll never regret that decision.
EARTHLY SACRIFICES PAY HEAVENLY DIVIDENDS.