The Aching Clarity of Hindsight

that no one is sexually immoral or unholy 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.

Hebrews 12:16-17 ESV

An act done, can never be undone.

We may be able to recant words we’ve spoken, apologize or lessen the consequences of an inappropriate action, but never can we undo what’s been done.

At first thought, this is a sobering realization, even frightening.

Still now, as we each stand upon the wrong side of poor decisions and wicked deeds, there is One who remains at our side and stood in our place. Jesus lived the life we should have but couldn’t, and for that we can rejoice as through faith in him there is “no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).

Esau, however, serves as an example for all Christians in forsaking what is our eternal birthright for worldly gratification.

He, like too many of us, forsook the greater promise as firstborn for the immediate satisfaction of the “here and now”. He was blinded by physical want and could not grasp the true value of his inheritance.

How much more do we live this way? Look back upon your life, not in guilt, but with conviction, acknowledging the periods where you have lived to fulfill the immediate desires of the flesh at the expense of “the promised eternal inheritance” (Hebrews 9:15).

See to it then that you look ahead to the promise that “being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life” (Titus 3:7).

What do you forsake your born again birthright for?

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