Selling the birthright

By: Gabriela Yareliz
Quotes by Ellen G. White, Testimonies for the Church, vol. 2

There is a story of two very different twins. One who had a birthright (he was the firstborn son, named Esau), and he didn’t really care about it. The one who didn’t have the birthright, Jacob, wanted it bad.

One day after being out all day, the firstborn, Esau, came back ravenous and exhausted, and the other twin, Jacob, offered him a soup in exchange for the blessing of the birthright. The ravenous firstborn accepted flippantly, and sat down to eat.

Later, Esau realized that what he gave up so aloofly would not be retrievable. (Genesis 25:29-34)

“There are very many who are like Esau. He represents a class who have a special, valuable blessing within their reach,—the immortal inheritance, life that is as enduring as the life of God, the Creator of the universe, happiness immeasurable, and an eternal weight of glory,—but who have so long indulged their appetites, passions, and inclinations, that their power to discern and appreciate the value of eternal things is weakened.” – {2T 38.1}

“Those who choose to make excuses and continue in sin and conformity to the world will be left to their idols.” – {2T 41.1}

Oftentimes, we give up truth and blessings God has bestowed on us for earthly pursuits and earthly success.

“[People] In their supposed wisdom they turned away from the high, eternal reward, rejected the heavenly inducement, for earthly gain. The glitter and tinsel of earth fascinated them, and in their supposed wisdom they became fools.“– {2T 41.3}

“Money was power among the foolish of earth, and money was their god; but their very prosperity has destroyed them. They became fools in the eyes of God and His heavenly angels, while men of worldly ambition thought them wise.”– {2T 42.1}

We must reevaluate what we are “selling” and what we are getting in exchange. Let us not forget that it is the unseen that is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:18). Truth, virtue, honor, integrity and God’s blessings are of immeasurable worth. Don’t sacrifice it for what can be destroyed or taken away.

Make sure your life and priorities place a NOT FOR SALE sign on your connection with God.

Published by Gabriela Yareliz

Gabriela is a writer, editor and attorney. She loves the art of storytelling, and she is based in NYC.

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