20 December 2011

Not For Sale

And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents. And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob. And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint: And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom. And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.
Genesis 25:27-34

Sometimes we move without thinking.  Sometimes we act on impulse.  In fact, a large part of the retail business is built on impulse.  The other large part of the retail business is built on desire.  When desire and impulse are mixed together, it can be a dangerous combination.

Sometimes we risk that which is valuable for that which satisfies for only a moment.  Esau did just that.  He was hungry.  He was empty.  He was weak.  He had a void that needed to be filled and jumped at the first good thing he saw.  Not only did he act on impulse, but he gave away a very valuable possession in the process.  Esau had a birthright.  Esau's birthright would have provided him with a double blessing, the first blessing. A double portion was his for the taking.  It was something that was meant ONLY for him and never belonged to anyone else - until he gave it away.  He sold his birthright for a lunch!

As an example, most people will trust you at the start - until you prove to be not trustworthy.  Trust is something that is given for free.  It doesn't have to be earned or bought, unless you lose it or abuse it.  If you are found to be a gossip, you have sold your birthright of trust - all for the strange satisfaction of breaking the selfsame trust.

[trust]
            [life]
                      [integrity]
                                        [purity]
                                                       [prosperity]
                                                                             [faith]
                                                                                           [ ____?_____ ]

What is your birthright?  What was your birthright that you sold or gave away?

Jesus told a similar story in Luke 15 of the prodigal son.  This is our eternal hope; that even if we sell our birthright, if we return to Him fully, and with all of our hearts, He will restore it all to us.  It is only through Christ that this redemption of our birthright is available; through repentance and faith.

Return to Him

1 comment:

Cecilia said...

This entry hit home for me. Thanks.