DCLM Sincere Milk 24 June 2022 Devotional by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi — Don’t sell your birthright
TOPIC: DON’T SELL YOUR BIRTHRIGHT
13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;
16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.
17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.
Key Verse: “Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright” (Hebrews 12:16).
The word “sell” means to exchange something for another thing. In our passage, Esau, the first born of Isaac, sold his birthright (the right to be recognized as the firstborn), to his brother Jacob. The birthright has to do with both position and inheritance. By birthright, the firstborn son is expected to inherit the leadership of the family and the blessing of the father.
Imagine what Esau took in exchange for this precious birthright, a very little thing – common food! That was too bad. He could not endure hunger and showed no respect for godly inheritance. What a pity! Today, it is very easy to judge Esau, and fail to realize that many children have sold their precious souls for perishable, worthless things of the world.
As friends of Jesus, we are heirs of an heavenly inheritance. Our salvation is so precious that we need to do everything possible to preserve it. The whole riches of the world cannot match the value of our salvation. Hold tight to it in the face of temptation to partake in the immoral activities in the world.
Remember that Esau sought to recover his birthright with tears, but it was too late. *Run away from the corruptions of the world, and follow Jesus closely and consistently.
Identify five (5) things in your environment you should run away from to keep your salvation.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, give me grace to follow You till the end.
Further Reading: Genesis 25:30-34