If you allow your appetite to get strong enough for the pleasures of this world, you will be tempted to cash in the riches and fullness of Christ for a moment of temporary happiness.

Today’s Reading: Genesis 24:52-26:16 (additional reading Psalm 10:1-15 and Proverbs 3:7-8)

Key Verses: “But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left. So Esau despised his birthright.” Genesis 25:33-34

There is a story about St. Lucian. It is said he was asked by his persecutors, “of what country art thou?” He answered, “I am a Christian.” “What is your occupation?” “I am a Christian.” “Of what family?” “I am a Christian.”

Let me ask you a question: Is it your relationship with Jesus, which determines who you are? Do you treasure your relationship with Christ above all else? What I want to tell you today is be careful not to get so distracted that you are willing to trade the riches of your faith for a bowl of artificial and momentary happiness.

Today we read that Esau traded the riches of his birthright for a bowl of artificial and momentary happiness. Esau was so hungry that he was willing to trade anything for a hot meal. He was convinced that he had to have something to eat or he would perish. Esau did like a lot of people today, he thought with his belly. Instead of thinking with his head he let his passion or desire control his actions.

The birthright might not seem like much to us today, but the birthright was a privilege given to the first-born son of the family. The eldest son succeeded to his father’s rank and position as the head of the family or tribe and also inherited a double portion of his father’s property. Esau traded all of the privileges that were his inheritance for a short-lived moment of pleasure. Pleasure meant more to him than anything else.

The moral of the story is, we had better check out what’s really important before we make any hasty deals. When Esau chose the stew he was making a decision that would affect him the rest of his life.

If you allow your appetite to get strong enough for the pleasures of this world, you will be tempted to cash in the riches and fullness of Christ for a morsel of temporary happiness. There are a lot of people who are trading their inheritance, for a taste of the world’s stew. It looks good; smells good; taste good on the tip of your tongue, but don’t be deceived. Don’t trade your inheritance just for a moment of pleasure.

Don’t forget your inheritance, Ephesians 1:10-11 and Colossians 1:12. In Jesus, you have a wealth of eternal blessings being stored up for you. With Jesus as your saviour and Lord, you have the promise of sharing in his eternal inheritance. Revelations 21:6-7 ‘To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children.”

Reflection

  • What determines your identity?
  • Which temporary pleasures are distracting you from God’s blessings?
  • How can you keep your focus on eternity and not just live for the moment?
  • What blessings do you have in Jesus?

Prayer

Father, Thank You that you have given us an inheritance in Jesus. Help us to live with an eternal perspective and not just for the here and now. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

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