My Birthright

Thus Esau despised his birthright (Genesis 25:34).

Esau sold his birthright for a bowl of stew. He was hungry. He wanted satisfaction right away. He wanted the here and now. He wanted what he could see. He wanted the physical. He wanted his immediate needs satisfied.

He was willing to give up everything. He effectively laid down his life. He laid down his identity. He laid down eternity.

He gave it all up for his worldly desire. He gave up the unseen for the seen. He gave up godliness for worldliness.

He despised his birthright.

I am born into this world. And as I grow and come of age, I see and experience many things. I see the world. I see the Creator. I choose one or the other.

Joshua 24:15 on a snowy sunset scene
Joshua 24:15 As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

I am born once with a birthright of the world. I am born into the physical. I will die. My body will return to dust (Genesis 3:19). It’s my birthright (Hebrews 9:27).

It’s a birthright I despise.

I am born again (John 3:3). I am born of the Spirit. I am born in Christ. He died. I die. I die to the world. I die to the immediate satisfactions. I have a new birthright.

Like Esau, I am hungry. But, I am hungry for righteousness. Like Esau, I want satisfaction. But, I want to be satisfied in Christ.

I put off the things of the world (Ephesians 4:22-24). I want holiness, godliness, Christ.

I am willing to give up everything. I lay down my life (John 10:18). I lay down my identity and take up Christ’s (Galatians 2:20).

I give up the seen for the unseen (2 Corinthians 4:18). I give up worldliness for godliness.

I am born again. I choose the Creator (Joshua 24:15).

He chose me (John 15:16). He gave me life.

This is my birthright. I will not despise it. What use is it if I gain the whole world yet lose my soul (Mark 8:36)?

Esau despised his birthright. He gained the world and lost his soul.

Lord, I receive my birthright from You, my Creator and my God. Let me never despise it.

Life is my birthright. Jesus is life (John 14:6). Jesus is my birthright.

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