“By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin” (Heb. 11:24-25). To be called “the son of Pharaoh’s daughter” is to be recognized as a prince and an heir to the throne—a powerful person. It is to be known as the heir to the wealth and power of the wealthiest and most powerful nation of the world at the time. It means having it all.
To be the son of Pharaoh’s daughter is “to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.” Moses had all the money he’d want. He had all the women he’d want. He had all the power he’d want. But Moses rejected this status of wealth and power of Egypt. Instead, he chose the status of the Israelites slaves—the people of God.
In v. 25, the adverb “rather” (mallon) marks “a choice of one option over against another.” (Ellingworth) It indicates a choice of one “instead of” another. (Gingrich) Moses chose maltreatment with God’s people instead of enjoyment of the fleeting pleasures of sin.
The adjective “fleeting” (proschairos) means “lasting only for a time, temporary, transitory.” (Gingrich) Do you know that the pleasures of sin are only temporary; but the results of sin are eternal? For example, if you touch your girlfriend, she might become pregnant and bear a child. That baby is a person, a living soul. If that person will believe in Christ, he will be saved from his sin forever. But if he rejects Christ, he will suffer damnation forever. The result of sin is eternal. Your enjoyment of sin is only temporary. But the consequences of your sin are eternal.
The Israelite slaves of Egypt suffered maltreatment. Moses chose to be mistreated with them. By choosing to be mistreated with them, Moses chose to identify with God’s people. By choosing to identify with God’s people, Moses chose to reject the pleasures of sin. He said “yes” to the suffering of the people of Israel. He said “no” to the pleasures of Egypt.
That is the attitude of faith. Faith is a choice. It is a choice to be in the center of God’s will—even though you will suffer for it.
Choose you this day who you will serve—God or this world? Faith is a choice to obey the plan of God. It is a choice to reject the temporary pleasures of sin. Faith is a choice to say “no” to this world. It is a choice to say “yes” to God.