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TITLE: DON’T SELL YOUR BIRTHRIGHT FOR A MOMENT OF PLEASURE (Graduation)
St. Lucian was an odd bird, or so the story goes. It is said he was asked by his persecutors, “of what country art thou?”
He answered, “I am a Christian.”
“What is your occupation?”
“I am a Christian.”
“Of what family?”
“I am a Christian.”
Let me ask you a question: Do you treasure your relationship with Christ above all other relationships? Is Jesus more important to you than anything else?
For some I realize that this is a tough question.
I realize that not only for our graduates but for all of our young people they are at an age when everything moves and changes fast.
Tons of things are important to you and it’s hard to say from day to day which one ranks highest.
Today some of you are thinking about the end of school and of course graduation. Tomorrow you might be thinking about college and the future. The next day you might be thinking about a job. The next day it might be your girlfriend or boyfriend that’s on your mind. Another day your mind might be on that new car you want to buy. Before you realize it, Jesus has taken a back seat in your life; everything else seems to get your attention more than Jesus does.
Don’t think that as adults we are not doing the same thing. Today we are thinking about our jobs, later we will be thinking about going fishing or shopping. Tomorrow it will be about all the things around the house that we know needs to be done. We may even be thinking how we are going to pay for our children’s college. If we aren’t careful we also can push Jesus out of our busy lives.
Crowding Jesus out of your life is being disloyal to your faith but there is a deeper disloyalty that I want to talk to you about today.
What I want to talk to you about is when you as a young person, or you as a graduate or you as an adult become so distracted that you are willing to trade the riches of your faith for a bowl of artificial and momentary happiness.
In the Scripture we read we see that Esau did trade the riches of his birthright for a bowl of artificial and momentary happiness.
One day Esau came home from a big safari hunt where he found Jacob brewing some of that famous home cooked lentil stew. Esau was so hungry that he was willing to trade anything for a hot meal. He was convinced that he had to have something to eat or he would perish.
Have you ever heard someone say: “Mom, dad, I’ve just got to have it or I’m going to die.” Or, “I just can’t do without it. I’ll get it no matter what I have to give up or what it will cost.”
Esau did like a lot of people today, he thought with his belly. Instead of thinking with his head he let his passion or desire control his actions.
So you may ask, what did he trade? He traded his birthright. Now to you and me that might not seem like much but the birthright which was the inheritance to the eldest son was a big thing in Bible times.
The birthright: this was a privilege given to the first-born son of the family. The eldest son succeeded to his father’s rank and position as the head of the family or tribe. He became the leader at the death of the father. He also inherited a double portion of his father’s property.
Esau traded all of the privileges that were his inheritance for a short-lived moment of pleasure. Pleasure
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