Taking short-term gains
Taking short-term gains
Are you trading short-term and giving up your long-term legacy?
Esau was willing to give up his heritage, birthright and legacy for a short-term temporal gain. What are you giving up for short-term instant gratification? What are you sacrificing long-term to get short-term immediate benefit? Are your cravings for the short-term driving you so much that you cannot see the long-term eternal gain?
Do you have to have that new dress, new car, new house or extra dessert right now? I cannot wait. I need it now. Are you trading your children’s future, your family’s future, your career, your finances and your marriage for a craving or temptation? Are you giving up your legacy for short-term trading and temporal gains?
Esau was so hungry he thought he was going to die. Right then and there he cared about nothing else but satisfying his appetite. His brother, Jacob, was ready for the opportunity of Esau’s short-sightedness.
Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom.)
Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.”
“Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”
But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.
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. Genesis 25:29-34
Esau was willing to give up the legacy of Jesus Christ for a bowl of stew. Jesus Christ came through the birthright of Isaac, his father. He sold his birthright to Jacob to whom Jesus Christ was born through the line of Jacob not Esau.
A friend of mine was having financial difficulty. Yet he chose to buy a new car because he liked the fresh smell of a new car. He sold his financial future for instant gratification. Are you trading instant gratification or any temporal gain in exchange for eternal long-term gain?
Is there some temporal instant gratification sin holding you back from the long-term gain and the eternal destiny God has for you and your family? Esau traded his legacy for a bowl of stew. This seems foolish to you and me. Are you trading anything for a bowl of stew?
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