Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Hunger Pains

  The Hebrews writer doesn’t hold back in his assessment of Esau; “That there be no immoral or godless person like Esau (Hebrew 12:16). Immoral, a word that indicates a total lack of principle. Godless, a term used to describe mankind at his worst. So, what did Esau do to earn this scorn?  

It says ”sold his own birthright for a single meal.

  We all get grumpy when we are hungry. A starving man will do just about anything to get his fill. So why is Esau so vilified for his action?

  Well, if we examine the story in Genesis 25:29-34 we see it wasn’t a life-or-death decision, even though Esau thought it was that way. His stomach was driving his decisions. He sold out his entire future for a moment of carnal satisfaction. That’s why it tells us he despised his birthright. He couldn’t have appreciated it much if he gives up something so valuable for something so mundane.

For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things.

Philippians 3:18-19 

   Many don’t think if an urge is natural it should ever be denied. Yet, that isn’t what we see here. If our base desire rule us they will ruin us. Many are living an immoral and godliness lifestyle not because they see themselves as doing the work of the devil but rather they are doing what feels right to them. Their mindset is the moment. Their desires are supreme, not their morals. The focus is pleasure not to be pleasing to Him.

   Esau may not seem evil but impulsive. But his impulsion is what led him to do evil. By the time he realized what he had lost it was too late. Aristotle said that the reason so many people were unhappy was that they confused pleasure for true happiness. The quick satisfaction instead of the delayed gratification.

  A momentary pleasure may cause us to end up in eternal misery

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

He Will Not Be Seeing You


 How would you like to go to the amusement park and not be allowed to ride the latest and greatest ride? How would you feel if you went to the Louvre and they told you that you can’t go in a see the Mona Lisa? What if you went to the theater to see the new blockbuster and they said you won’t be allowed in? Not that the ride was under repair or the section was closed but YOU personally couldn’t go in.  That seems unfair. You would probably demand to know why?  What did I do?

 As we think about that scenario, let’s read Hebrews 12:14: “Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.”  Here two aspects are commanded to follow, peace with men and sanctification. One might say peace and purity. But notice the important addition, without which no one will see the Lord.

 Now let go back to our setup. If the answer was, “Well you said you were going to try to damage the painting”, or “You violated the park rule and now you are excluded”, it might not seem so unfair. You would be reaping the consequences of your bad behavior.

 The same is true for eternity. If we want to see God, what we do before we get there will make that happen or not. How we treat others (love our neighbor) and maintain our holiness (love God) are major factors in how that will happen. What we do will keep us in or out.

  Anybody would hate to miss the big ride or big movie but that pales in comparison to missing out on heaven.  Let’s make sure our lives are led in a way that does keep put us on the list of people God does not want to see.