Being a musician, I enjoy watching the show, “Glee.” Aside from using music from my high school era, I can relate to the social struggles the show portrays. In my high school, if you were in marching band or orchestra, you were a “music geek.” In Glee, there are a few athletic people that have discovered that they not only enjoy singing, but they are good. They join the glee club at a social price; they become ridiculed along with the rest of the glee club. They have to decide if they are willing to be seen with the other glee club members and risk lowering their social status or dropping out of something they truly enjoy so they can be popular. Verses 24-26 of Hebrews 11 makes me think of those struggles.
Moses was being raised as royalty in Egypt and did not need to associate with the Israelite slaves. Moses’ story in Exodus is long; however, I would like to point you to Exodus 2:11 where it says, “One, day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people.” Two times in that verse we read the phrase, “his own people.” Moses knew that was where he belonged. Reading the story, Moses kills the Egyptian that had been beating the Hebrew. He runs away from Egypt and returns with God’s calling to be with the Israelites and help lead them out of Egypt. Moses did not have to live the life he lived, but he knew that there was so much more than being privileged.
Hebrews 11:26 says, “He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.” We are then encouraged in Hebrews 13:13-14 to “go to Him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace He bore. For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.” God never said that following Him would be easy here on earth. We have to make choices that will make us stand out at times when we don’t necessarily want to stand out. It is so much easier to blend in, isn’t it? Sometimes we have to make a choice to not join in the gossip by the water cooler, or to stand up for the person who can’t stand up for themselves. Sometimes following God means that we have to make the unpopular choice. Sometimes we have to identify ourselves as Christians in a place that is unwelcoming. We can make the right choices knowing that there is more than what we see here on earth.
When you are facing a difficult choice to not blend in, ask God for the strength to endure through it.