Trading Gold for Glory

By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Moses was saved by grace through faith in Jesus—fifteen hundred years before Jesus was born. Does that mean that Moses lived a perfect life? Reading through his life story, we’ll see Moses stumble and fall. We’ll see him try to accomplish God’s will in his own strength—and he will fail miserably. He will try to take God’s purposes into his own hands—and he’ll make a complete mess of things. God will have to tear Moses down, then build him up again before Moses can be a true instrument of God.

Yet through it all, Moses stood firm on his decision to give up the world’s gold for God’s glory. That decision, made in the presence of God at the burning bush, will sustain him, keep him focused, and empower him so that God can use him in a mighty way as Israel’s deliverer and lawgiver.

I once heard someone say, “If it’s a contest between Egypt and Moses, pity Moses. But if it’s a contest between Egypt and God, pity Egypt.” God promises that the moment you turn your back on this world’s gold in order to pursue God’s glory, He will accomplish great things through you. Trading gold for glory produces incalculable rewards.

Prayer: Father, thank You for the gift of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. Thank You that Your grace is sufficient for me. May this promise give me strength to stand firm for You and walk with You all the way to glory. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18).

*Excerpt adapted from Treasure That Lasts by Michael Youssef © 2020. Published by Baker Publishers, Inc. Used by permission.

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