By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;…
I. RELIGION MAY INVOLVE GREAT SACRIFICE.
1. Rejection of the highest worldly alliance. This meant —
(1) Forfeiture of the brightest prospects.
(2) Apparent ingratitude to a kind benefactress.
(3) Apparent contempt of Providence. His adoption was of Divine instigation.
2. Preference for a painful religious association.
(1) A transition involving an extreme change.
(2) Consciousness of the superiority of religious suffering to worldly enjoyment.
(a) The worthlessness of worldly pleasure. It lacks solidity; it is immoral; it is perishing.
(b) The value of religious suffering. It tests the genuineness, improves the quality, and reveals the helpfulness of religion.
(3) A display of personal freedom.
(4) A wise use of the great crisis of life.
(5) A deliberate estimation of religion at its worst being superior to the world at its best.
II. RELIGION WILL INFINITELY COMPENSATE GREAT PERSONAL SACRIFICE.
1. It will be in another world.
2. It will be valuable.
3. It is spiritually visible.
4. It influences beneficially the present life.
(B. D. Johns.)
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