HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. Genesis 25:33
Everyone is born with a birthright, which the devil tries hard to make him barter away for a mess of pottage. In that birthright are included:-
Innocence and purity. – The child of the vilest ancestry enters this world unsullied by the filthy touch of unclean habit. But how eager Satan is to induce us to part with this for his unsatisfying pleasure. The Bible tells us the purpose of the devil is to steal, kill and destroy. Therefore, we have to be very diligent in our daily walk.
The love of our kind. – Few are the children, of all the myriads of our race, that is not loved by some fond heart. In some cases, the infant life is cradled in love. But Satan is glad when he can get the soul to break away from all earthly affection, which might possibly soften and refine it, and to renounce mother, sister, wife, child, for the drunkard’s cup, the wanton’s kiss.
The redemption of Jesus Christ. – Everyone is born into a redeemed world; the propitiation of the blessed Lord, the blood that flowed on Calvary, the concealment of the effects of Adam’s sin, is for all. As all the world was affected by Adam’s sin, so all are included in God’s love in Jesus. But again Satan is eager to induce men to abjure and cast away these benefits; he blinds the eyes of those that believe not so that they refuse to “behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” Do not let the devil pull you from under the blood of Christ your Lord and Saviour.
The grace of the Spirit. – Everyone may build up a strong and beautiful character by yielding to the Holy Ghost’s gracious promptings. That grace knocks, like sunshine, at the windows of every soul; but how often it is sold for a mess of pottage! The choice between these two is constantly being presented to us. God help us always to choose the divine, the spiritual, the eternal!
May Almighty God bless and keep un today. May He cause His face to shine upon us and grant us the peace that passeth all understanding in Jesus’ Name. Amen