Giving up our birthright
Genesis 25:29-34 (HCSB)
Once when Jacob was cooking a stew, Esau came in from the field exhausted. He said to Jacob, “Let me eat some of that red stuff, because I’m exhausted.” That is why he was also named Edom.
Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.”
“Look,” said Esau, “I’m about to die, so what good is a birthright to me?”
Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore to Jacob and sold his birthright to him. Then Jacob gave bread and lentil stew to Esau; he ate, drank, got up, and went away. So Esau despised his birthright.
I’ve always had a bit of contempt for Esau. After all, he sold his birthright to Jacob for some stew. Surely, Jacob wasn’t cooking way far away from the residence where he and his brother lived. Therefore he was already home, but sold his birthright, not out of hunger but out of convenience. He did after all treat his birthright with contempt.
But consider this, how many of us, sell our birthright out of convenience? When it becomes easier, to ‘go along to get along; do we simply ignore the fact that we are home with Christ Jesus, and give the world what they want? We surrender our birthright as children of the King of Kings, for acceptance by the world.