“By faith, Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.”
Don’t rush by this verse. Easy to say, ‘Way to go, Moses.’ Moses’ decision was certainly not a run-of-the-mill, everyday choice like which cereal to eat for breakfast. This was a one-time lifetime decision. It was the choice between riches and poverty, privilege and slavery, power and helplessness. It was also a choice of rejecting his real mother in favor of a substitute. Deep down, Moses also saw it as a choice between God and a life of sin, as will see in verse 25.
I wonder how many of us treat these one-time lifetime decisions like our choice of breakfast food. The world is our Egypt, and the call to world is great because of all it offers compared to what being counted with the children of God might bring. In Jesus’ day, he talked with people who wanted to follow Him but wanted to take care of their worldly desires first. Jesus made it plain that you choose the cross or the pleasure of sin, but not both.
Did Moses suffer for his decision? Yes, he did. Did he later regret it? No, he did not. When one compares life on earth for a hundred or so years compared to life in heaven for eternity, the choice becomes clear.
Task for Today: Today, while you’re choosing cereal or a lunch menu, take time to think about the larger decision you are making and are going to make today. Would you rather be the son of Pharaoh or a son of God? Your choice.