Sunday, September 28, 2008


What is your bowl of pottage?

And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom. And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? (Genesis 25:30-32 KJV)

For what have you given your birthright? Ooops, perhaps it would be best to discuss your birthright.

First, we are God’s creation. He has something in store for us when we acknowledge what He requires:

And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, (Deuteronomy 10:12 KJV)

That didn’t change in the New Testament:

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (Matthew 22:37-40 KJV)

The Bible says there is a place prepared for those who believe: And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. (John 14:3 KJV)

That’s the birthright available to all mankind. The Bible defines what is necessary to accept it and what is necessary to toss it away. Now, with that in mind – for what have you given your birthright? What is your pottage? Wealth? Admiration? Power? Control? The list continues.

In simplicity, all that is necessary to toss it away is to ignore that it exists. Never speak to God of His love for you; never acknowledge your love for Him. That pretty much takes care of it right there.

Don’t exchange that birthright for any bowl of pottage. Instead, let us use this birthright:

Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 KJV)

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