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Summary: Are you helping to shape the society in which you live, or are you allowing the society in which you live to shape you?

Are You Shaping Society

Or is Society Shaping You?

It was by faith that Moses, when he grew up, refused to be treated as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to share the oppression of God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin. He thought it was better to suffer for the sake of the Messiah than to own the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to the great reward that God would give him. It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt. He was not afraid of the king. Moses kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible.

Hebrews 11:24-27

1. Choosing to be a shaper of society is a mature decision.

 Moses made the decision to separate from the world system “when he grew up”.

 Moses had been around the best the world had to offer and had been accepted in and treated as royalty.

 The decision that Moses made could not have been rash or hasty. He had to know that what he was doing was right.

2. Choosing to be a shaper of society is to value responsibility above rights.

 Moses was in line to be a leader in the most powerful nation in the known world.

 He was entitled to anything that the world had to offer – the world was his oyster so to speak.

 Moses chose to listen to his heart (his spirit man) rather than allow his flesh to dictate his life.

 Following responsibilities is often much more difficult than following rights, but Moses weighed his options and followed his character.

3. Choosing to be a shaper of society is evidence of a “farsighted” vision.

 Moses was not limited to only seeing what was right in front of him.

 Moses had the ability to see what lied ahead and that what was coming was far better than what he could hope to experience in his current condition.

 This requires a giant step of faith and belief that you have really seen what God has in store.

 Satan will offer instant gratification to try and blur the vision of God’s promised future.

4. Choosing to be a shaper of society is proof that you “fear” the right King.

 Moses refused to fear what the consequences might be by the world’s standards and instead kept his focus on God and God alone.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterward. Now he is seated in the place of highest honor beside God’s throne in heaven. Think about all he endured when sinful people did such terrible things to him, so that you don’t become weary and give up. Hebrews 12:1-3

 The ridicule, the loss of friends, the damaged reputation, the looks he got, nothing could compare with the love, warmth and promise of the King of kings.

Jesus loves you and God has a plan for your life, but so does Satan. We play an important role in determining whose plan shapes our life. Will we allow the world around us to shape who we become or will we be man and woman enough to stand for God and to affect the world around us?

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