Read Exodus 2:11-25
“By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter” (Hebrews 11:24).
Forty years. That’s how much time that passed between Exodus 2:10 and Exodus 2:11. It is the time between the baby Moses floating in a basket in the Nile and the adult Moses as grandson to the ruler in the great kingdom of Egypt.
Moses must have been conflicted during those 40 years. You see, he had a kind of a dual citizenship. He was, on the one hand, part of the royal family with all of the corresponding privileges and expectations. Meanwhile, he knew his roots were intertwined with the very people the Egyptians were subjecting to hard labor.
As he sorted things out, the day came when he began to draw a line in the sand. He made his first step in declaring his loyalty by killing an abusive Egyptian who was beating one of his countrymen. Moses chose to align himself with God and His people.
To be sure, God still had 40 years of desert refining that He would accomplish with Moses. It was not yet time for Moses to lead the people of God out of Egyptian bondage. Nevertheless, the decision Moses made in those days had some radical repercussions.
He chose to be identified as the son of the hated Hebrews rather than the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He opted for mistreatment rather than the passing pleasure of sin. He selected a path of temporary disgrace that led to eternal reward rather than one of momentary riches that led to unending regret. It was certainly not a simple decision to make . . . but it was the right one.
As a followers of Christ, you and I are faced with similar “line in the sand” decisions. In fact, today will be a day when each of us will have opportunity, whether in small or large ways, to declare our identity as followers of Christ or as products of the world. We will have opportunity to demonstrate our loyalty to the things of God or to a cultural norm.
It’s true . . . your decisions may have some temporal ramifications. But if you decide for Christ and righteous living, like Moses did, you won’t regret it in eternity.