Hebrews 11:24-25 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.
There is a noticeable pattern among the great men in the Bible, rather than live for the present, they lived the future they wanted to create. Moses was a perfect example. Hebrews 11:24-25 tells us that when he was grown, he refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter but chose rather to suffer affliction for a season. Moses had it good, he lived in the palace, had the best food, clothes and everything that he wanted. Yet he gave it all up to align himself with the Israelites who were slaves in the land. Why did Moses do all that? His future was to be deliverer of the Children of Israel, so he lived into that future.
There are two (2) ways that we can live the future we want to create. Firstly, make decisions primarily based on the future benefit not immediate self-gratification. Esau did the complete opposite when he gave up his birthright for a plate of food. Abraham, on the other hand, took the decision to leave the comfort of Haran because he wanted a future with the seven-fold blessings that God had promised.
The second way to live in the future is to position yourself near people who have already attained the future you are looking to create. In 1 Kings 19, when Elisha was anointed to be a prophet, he gave up the oxen that he had to go serve Elijah as his way of staying close to him. What Elisha was doing was living in the future he wanted to create. In highlighting the importance of this principle, God allowed David to be positioned in the palace to play the harp for Saul, almost immediately after he was anointed to be the next king.
What is the future that God has promised, or you want to create? Live into it. Abraham, Moses and Elisha did not have special powers, the reason they manifested their future is because they lived into it.
Life Application – Live into the future you want to create by making decisions favoring future benefits over immediate pleasure. In addition, get close to people who are already living the future you want to see.
Prayer: Lord, help me to surround myself with the right people who will propel me into what you have purposed for my life. In Jesus’ name, amen.