It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible. Hebrews 11:27
What do you think of when you hear, “He kept right on going”? Pictures come to my mind of a football game and a common practice when a running back or wide receiver makes a big gain. Everyone on the team points downfield with their arms like they are karate-chopping the air signaling a first down. “Go forward!”
By faith Moses kept right on going forward, and in so doing he is encouraging us to do the same. He is saying to us, “There is no going back. We are past the point of no return.” We are all in the same game, running forward toward the same goal.
So what does it mean when the writer of Hebrews said, “[Moses] chose to share the oppression of God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin”? (Hebrews 11:25). Moses had it made. As the adopted son of Pharaoh’s daughter, he could reach retirement at an early age. He was in the king’s court in one of the wealthiest nations on earth. He was set for life. So why did he leave his life of leisure and choose to share in the oppression of his people? So that he might be the Voice of Christ for the oppressed, the crushed, and downtrodden. (Yes, people were the voice of Christ before Christ ever came, because Christ has always been, and has been involved in human affairs since the beginning of time. Even the writer of Hebrews wrote that Moses suffered “for the sake of Christ” [11:26])
Since Moses, there has always been someone for each generation — in our days there was Billy Graham, or Bob Dylan, or Bono or even Larry Norman — someone that stood up with the gospel and commanded respect and did something needful for the times.
So what about the next generation? Who do the Millennials have? Certainly not the negative direction of it — what is it, 90% of the Millennials including mainstream evangelical ones, say the church is completely discredited, particularly that it is judgmental? Where is the next generation of believers going to come from if they are all alienated from the church now?
Out from these questions grew a desire within the Catch Ministry to give Christ a Voice for this next generation — the Millennials. That’s why we, like Moses are going forward. In a recent study “Your Participation Matters!”, we concluded, “Let’s give them — the Millennials — what we had.” It’s the collective Voice of Christ. Together we can be that voice.
That’s why we’re seeking revival. We need to be inspired to inspire them.
Moses kept right on going forward. He didn’t get to enter the promised land, but he got to see it. The Lord took him up to a high mountain and let him look at the land God was giving to his descendants. If he could have gone farther, he would. But God said it was time to come home. He went the distance by faith.