1 Chronicles 5:1 Now the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel, (for he was the firstborn; but, forasmuch as he defiled his father’s bed, his birthright was given unto the sons of Joseph the son of Israel: and the genealogy is not to be reckoned after the birthright.
What is it that is keeping you from your birthright or what God has promised? Whatever it is, I can assure that it is not worth it? In the Old Testament, the birthright belonged to the firstborn and they were entitled to twice the amount of their father’s possession that the other children would receive. According to Romans 8:29, if you have been born again you are the firstborn of God and as a result the promises of God are your birthright. Although you have been born again, bad decisions could keep you from your birthright in the same way that it did for Esau and Reuben.
Esau and Reuben allowed bad decisions to rob them of their birthright. Esau gave away his birthright for a plate of food which was worth far less than the two-thirds of his father’s (Isaac) great wealth that he would have received. Think about that for a minute. Among the next generation, Reuben, who was the firstborn of Jacob lost his birthright because he defiled his father’s bed by sleeping with his father’s concubine. Reuben allowed a few minutes of pleasure to rob him of the largest share of his father’s great wealth. It certainly was not worth it. Both Esau and Reuben made the mistake of choosing immediate self-gratification over what they would have received in the future. It is the same “pleasure now” thinking that permeates our society. Possessing your birthright will require you to give up things that give you pleasure now for a future that is of greater worth.
Do not lose your birthright for things that are not worth it. Evaluate your life to see those decisions that are contrary to the word of God and eliminate them.
Life Application: Identify what steps you must take to possess your birthright or God given promise and give greater priority to that than the other things in your life.
Prayer: Lord give me the wisdom to make the right decisions and the courage to execute them. In Jesus’ name, amen.