“Reproach” is not a common word these days. It means you are looked down on because of something you are doing or have done. As a result you are often lower, often a lot lower, in people’s estimation. Hebrews 11 is a familiar Bible passage, picking out some outstanding examples of faith exhibited by men and women of God, to illustrate what faith is in practice!

We may talk of having faith, but we prove its reality by our actions. The writer to the Hebrews highlights among others, Moses as a man who showed faith: he selects certain examples from his life. “By faith Moses when he was grown up refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the [ultimate] reward. By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible” (verses 24-27).

It is interesting that the phrase “the reproach of Christ” is used when Christ was not to come for almost 1,500 years! What is clear is that the writer sees Christ as the ultimate role model for those who endured reproach in living the life God required of them. Moses experienced “the reproach of Christ” in considerable measure although we are left to imagine the details of the reactions in Pharaoh’s palace when his adopted grandson supported the slaves.

Today, there is constant encouragement from many directions to “enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.” How few think of their behaviour as sin, a word synonymous with godlessness. In his old age John was to observe, “no one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God” (1 John 3:9).

When one is “born of God” one endures “as seeing him who is invisible”. Our constant reading and meditation on God’s word will enable this “seeing” to become more evident to us: we become more like Christ, proving we are an adopted child of God. How clearly are you “seeing” that which is “invisible”?