Saturday, November 12th, 2011
Selling Out To Anyone But God
Sell me your birthright as of this day.
Genesis 25:31 (NKJV)
'And Esau said, 'Look, I am about to die; so what is this birthright to me?' ' (v.32).
Jacob, a Bible hero, did not begin his life heroically. In fact, Jacob conned his older brother, Esau, into selling him his birthright as the first son of Isaac. Soon after, Jacob fled his home and endured many years of bondage to learn humility, earn a wife, and grow in God. Consequently, he became Israel, the namesake of God's country.
However, this Bible study is not about Jacob. It's about his brother, Esau, who sold out.
'Esau came in from the field and he was famished' (v.29). He sold his birthright for one good meal. Was Esau starving to the point of death? Doubtful, but did Satan convince him that he was? Possibly. All Esau saw was something he wanted right in front of him, a.k.a. 'instant gratification.' He forgot the bigger picture. He forgot he was the first son of Isaac, who was the son of Abraham, the father of all Jews. Esau had a huge heritage.
Each child of God who follows Christ has a huge heritage, too. We are royalty. We are a chosen generation. We are heroes in the making, and we are on a great mission. Therefore, Satan will test each of us, like he tested Esau. We may even be tempted to the point of giving up our birthright.
Maybe we are very 'hungry.' Maybe we have lost a job, money, home, or friends. Maybe we have been overlooked as performers, and we can't seem to land a good agent or the right role.
Then someone comes along and offers us exactly what we think we want: friendship, money, or a big job... but there's a catch: we have to sell out. We have to do something we know in our hearts is not right. We have to deny our heritage as children of the Most High God to get it. What will we do?
We must remember our Father. God has better plans for us than a quick fix. ' 'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future' ' (Jeremiah 29:11).
Don't sell-out to anyone but God.