God calls each of us to a life of significance. As new creatures we have been designed "for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them" (Ephesians 2:10). No one else will be able to accomplish the specific good works which God has prepared for you to do. No one else will be in the right places at the right times.
The danger is that temporal concerns will crowd out the eternal from our consciousness. Let's take a moment to consider how we spent the last twenty-four hours. How much was invested in the temporal? How much was invested in the eternal?

Esau is a scriptural example of one who had an acute case of shortsightedness:

Once when Jacob was boiling pottage, Esau came in from the field, and he was famished. And Esau said to Jacob, "Let me eat some of that red pottage, for I am famished!"...Jacob said, "First sell me your birthright." Esau said, "I am about to die; of what use is a birthright to me?" So he sold his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentils, and he ate and drank, and rose and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright (Gen. 25:29-34).

The book of Hebrews warns us not to make his mistake:

See to it...that no one be immoral or irreligious like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal. For you know that afterward, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no chance to repent, though he sought it with tears (Heb. 12:15-17).

Esau "despised his birthright" in that he regarded it lightly. When he realized the magnitude and permanence of his decision, he regretted it with tears.

Would God forgive Esau for selling his birthright? Of course. God is always willing to forgive. But God's forgiveness of Esau does not change the fact that Esau sold his birthright. It does not get his birthright back for him.

At the Judgment Seat of Christ, God will reward Christians who have pleased Him. Christians who adopt Esau's mindset, placing a high value on temporal things and regarding eternal things lightly, will weep at the Judgment Seat because of the permanent consequences of their decisions. The past can be forgiven, but it can't be changed.

Even though God forgives us, our sin affects God's evaluation of our lives because sin prevents us from doing the very things God rewards. For example, how can we serve others, perform acts of kindness, or witness effectively when we are absorbed in our sin and selfishness? 1 Corinthians 3:9 says, "You are God's field." Sin keeps us from being a profitable field. Anything which diminishes the field's fruitfulness also diminishes our reward--whether we rebel willfully or just let the ground become fallow by neglect. Jesus says, "By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit" (John 15:8).

Heavenly Father, please don't let us die and then regret the way we lived. Work mightily in our hearts that we might live fruitful lives and bring You much honor and glory. Amen.


Jamie Lash                     






 Jamie Lash    LifeGivingWords
 3000 Mountain Creek Pkwy.   Dallas, TX  75211
 214-333-5432    1-800-791-1965




Copyright 2004 LifeGivingWords