What good is a birthright?
There’s a story in Genesis 25:29-34 where Esau the grandson of Abraham gives away his birthright. Birthright in it’s most basic form was, “the right to be recognized as firstborn. The birthright has to do with inheritance of goods and position both.”
Ultimately, birthright was a gift from God since “He decided exactly when they should live. And he decided exactly where they should live.” Acts 17:26 (NIRV)
A birthright was a great thing. First, because God gave Esau the gift of being born first. But secondly, because it gave him a special position in Jewish culture. But Esau took it for granted. Esau chose to give away this great gift from God for a meal.
That’s right a meal.
Not a lifetime of meals just one single meal. Not a banquet just a stew. The Bible tells that by doing this Esau showed that he despised his God-given birthright.
Now before you go judging Esau and calling him inappropriate names, can I tell you that you and I have done this too.
Just like Esau, you have been given birthrights as well. And what I mean by birthrights are those things that you were just born into. Things and privileges you have had since the day you were born. You were not born yet so you couldn’t manipulate or coerce for any of it to happen.
- Where you were born
- When you were born
- The parents you were born to
- Your skills, talents, and inclinations
These were all gifts from God. You received them much like Esau received his.
How are you valuing them?
Are you taking all that you have been given and using it for the increase of God’s kingdom? Or are you despising it like Esau?
Desire and Despise
Esau let his desire to fill a temporary appetite blind him to what was in front of him. It caused him to despise the great gift and privilege God had given him.
Don’t let your desire for a momentary craving or appetite cause you to relinquish God’s gifts. Don’t despise what you have, where you are, and who you are because of your desire for something of infinitely lesser value.
Instead, thank God for it, keep your sight on its eternal value and use it for His glory.