A Long Term Birthright is More Valuable than Short Term Satisfaction

Genesis 25:34
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. 

I read this once in a devotional by Os Hillman:

"Why would Esau take his birthright so lightly? Because he did not understand its value. Every day countless men and women exchange their birthrights for worldly goods, because they see what the world has to offer as more valuable than what God might offer."

I can't help but wonder if Esau really grasped what he was giving up at this point in his life. 

As one who is born again by the blood of Christ, what is your birthright? Do you know what it is? Do you value it? 

Maybe a better question is "do you value your birthright as a Christian more than you value worldly goods?"

Esau's decision was to satisfy a temporary hunger over a long term birthright.  So too, when we choose instant satisfaction over obedience to God's will, we are letting ourselves be deceived by the cunning of the enemy. {2 Corinthians 11:3}

Esau let his desire for instant gratification of the flesh
take over good judgement in his life.  

He did not value his birthright and fell prey to deception.  
He was driven by short term satisfaction over long term blessings.

We must value the birthright we are given.

Because we are born again in the newness of Christ we are given:
  • access to the throne of God where we can pray and seek all we need. 
  • wisdom and understanding of His word as written in scripture
  • freedom from guilt of sin
  • a purpose in life
  • a home in heaven for all of eternity
And so Esau has reminded me today that I need to value and treasure this birthright I have been given.  What do you treasure most about the birthright you have been given?

Lord God, I confess that there are times I take for granted the birthright I have been given as a child of Yours.  Forgive me for the times when I fail to recognize the full value of all that a life in You offers.  I come to You now, humbly bowing before You with a heart of praise and gratitude, acknowledging You as my Father and giver of life.  Thank You God for giving me access to Your thrown through the blood of Your Son.  Thank You Lord for giving me access to your wisdom and guidance through Your Holy Word.  Thank You Lord for the redemption given to me at a great cost on the cross.  Thank You God for a life that has purpose and meaning when lived according to Your will.  And thank You Lord for the hope and assurance of an eternity to be spent with You in heaven.  Keep my ever mindful of all that my birthright offers and protect me from being deceived by worldly desires or short term satisfaction.  It's in the name of Jesus Christ that I pray.  Amen.

Our recipe today is for Choosing God
The ingredients are from Genesis 25:34
The directions are Say no to short term satisfaction and receive long term blessing in exchange.  

{CLICK HERE for a printable version of today's recipe for the soul.  Make notes on it of how God is speaking to you today, and carry it with you to feed your soul as needed.}

Other conversations held at His table that may feed your soul today...
Making Room for More of God
God's Word of Unfailing Love
Giving Up Custody to God

I'd love to have you at the table each time I pull up a chair.  
If you don't already, won't you join us?
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be sure to click the 'verify' link when the email is sent to your inbox.
After that, I'll be saving you a chair at the table!

God Bless and Keep You,
Copyright© 2013 Feeding a Hungry Soul

For more time at His table, try visiting these blogs 
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