“16 See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. 17 Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. Even though he sought the blessing with tears, he could not change what he had done.” -Hebrews 12:16-17
Imagine that someone in your family spent their whole life working towards something. They lost sleep over it, invested time and money, and gave it their all. It was their life. As they got older and then passed away, everything they had worked hard for became yours. You weren’t the one who invested your life into that business/job/ministry. You hadn’t lost a wink of sleep over it, or even a penny on it, but it changed your life for the better. Having what your loved one worked hard for (your inheritance) changes everything for you now. You don’t have to work as hard at your job, you have more security, and can share and help others.
In the story of Jacob and Esau found in Genesis 25:19-24, two brothers exchanged two different things that had drastic values. A bowl of stew and a birthright. (the birthright was given to Esau as the oldest son. It meant that he would receive everything of his father’s when his father passed away) Esau came into his family’s house hungry and “famished”. All he cared about at that time was his hunger that was a result of physical needs. His brother, Jacob, had just fixed some soup. Esau didn’t care what he had to do to fill his hunger, and ended up giving his birthright to Jacob.
He sold his inheritance for a single meal.
As stated in Hebrews 12:16-17, afterward, when Esau realized what he gave away, wanted it back, sought it, and begged with tears- he could not change what he had done.
You, my special friend, have an inheritance that you may or may not know about. You have a Loved One Whose purpose was to give this inheritance to you. He didn’t just invest His life into it, but gave His life. You couldn’t and can’t do anything to earn this inheritance. You couldn’t work hard enough or be good enough for it either. All you can and have to do is accept it. An absolute free gift of eternal life. Not just an inheritance that lasts for your life time on earth, but an inheritance that matters the most for eternity. It can’t get any better.
If you realize this gift that you have to claim, have you accepted it?
Another question is: have you been selling/trading it in for a one time pleasure?
My desire and burden is that you would not throw away a gift that is eternally everything for something that fades away.
If you still have breath in your lungs, it’s not too late to claim and take back your gift. It’s always available to you because God’s love for you isn’t based off of who you are, what you have,or what you can do. He doesn’t need you, but He wants you.
Don’t wait until you meet Jesus face to face to desire your gift of eternal life with Him. At that point, it is too late. Your time is right now to get right with Him.
“34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.” -Matthew 25:34
“41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:” -Matthew 25:41
“46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” -Matthew 25:46