The following ad appeared in the HELP WANTED section of a newspaper. “TIRED OF WORKING FOR ONLY $9.75 PER HOUR? WE OFFER PROFIT SHARING AND FLEXIBLE HOURS. STARTING PAY: $7 — $9 PER HOUR.” Now, maybe I’m missing something, but it seems to me that $9.75 is a little more than $9, and a good bit more than $7. I wonder how many people responded to this ad? If folks evaluated this opportunity the way many evaluate things in the spiritual realm, there may have been quite a few!
Satan offers work that is easy, convenient and pleasurable, at least initially. He tries to make it sound as if the rewards of working for him are greater than those to be received from serving the Lord. Of course, the truth is that they are not – in fact there is no comparison. In the end you’re a slave working for nothing at all, and the retirement vacation he advertised as warm and balmy turns out to be an eternal sweat shop in which you get “no rest, day or night.”
Moses was able to see through all that. “By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward (Hebrews 11:24-26).
Today Satan places the modern treasures of Egypt before us every day. He would like us to think that the glittering pleasures of sin are worth pursuing, and that a life of simple faith and service has nothing to offer. Friends, read carefully between the lines of his HELP WANTED advertisement. If you are serving the Master, keep your job! Look to the reward!
— Steve Klein