Week 2 #DeathtoSelfie Series Notes
1) Growth in age doesn’t mean growth in character.
2) Beware of unsatisfied appetites that become exaggerated emotions
– Esau compromised because he was hungry
– He agreed with Jacob’s offer because he was hungry
– Beware of the quick fix that is available in your times of hunger
3) Beware of the temptation to give up what you want most for what you want now.
- What will you choose? Birthright (inheritance) vs bowl of beans (immediate gratifications, or weakness)
- It is bad deal to choose bowl of beans (now) to birthright (spiritual inheritance)
- It is in the Bible, you have an inheritance as a child of God
What are those inheritance?
Peace, joy, love, patience and long-suffering, self-control, other fruits of the spirit, etc
However, if we choose those bowls of beans, those indulgence to our weakness, to what we want now, then we exchange our inheritance.
You may ask, what if you have already exchanged your inheritance? You have already exchanged your birthright and you wanted to take it back? Is there any 2nd chance?
God tells us about the story of the prodigal son.
The prodigal son takes his inheritance away and enjoyed his life. When there is nothing left, he waws starving. But he remembered his father who is rich.
He goes back. What his father does is incredible. He accepts the lost son, runs from the veranda when he saw him, hugged him and kissed him, and called his servants to give him the best.
The lost son says he doesn’t deserve it, but the father says he is still his son.
Jesus is the firstborn son who has not taken the bowl of bean soup for a bread during the forty days fast because He is already the bread of Life. He has the inheritance and He is transferring that to us — we just have to believe. God accepts us because we are still his sons and daughter. We deserve to die because of our sins, but if we believe in what Jesus did on the cross 2,000 years ago — that Jesus has already atoned our sins — then, in return, He has made us clean. Just like the prodigal son, He accepts us and gives us our inheritance.
Don’t exchange your inheritance to a bowl of soup. Don’t exchange temptations to worries, to grumble, to porn, to immediate gratification of desires with your inheritance from God, your eternal life.