Warmth in Giving

Read Hebrews 11:24-27.

Gold is nothing more than a yellow rock, but it has been treasured as a valuable commodity in nearly every civilization down through history. As the adopted son of Pharaoh’s daughter, Moses could have had lots of it. Life in the palace was comfortable and luxurious. He might even have become pharaoh himself one day. But the Bible says he traded gold for glory.

Moses gave up a life of power and luxury for the sake of Christ. Moses was obedient to God because he knew that the treasure of knowing Him was infinitely more valuable than mere gold. In contrast, generations before Moses was born, Joseph was a high-ranking official in Pharaoh’s court. He had plenty of gold, but it didn’t have a hold on his heart. His calling was to remain in the palace and influence life in Egypt from his powerful position.

You see, the “gold” we must avoid is not earthly riches in and of themselves, but whatever idols stands in the way of our obedience to God’s calling on our lives. And that is why the Word of God commends Moses for giving up the world’s gold for God’s glory. He let go of all the gold of Egypt in order to obey the call of God on his life. 

So we must ask ourselves: What kind of “gold” has a hold on me? What is keeping me from obeying the will of God for me? Whatever it may be, Christ is far better.

Prayer: Lord, lead me by Your Spirit to identify the idols in my heart that are keeping me from cherishing the glory of Your presence. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin” (Hebrews 11:25).

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Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.

Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.

The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.

He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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