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. Note here that the pleasures of this world last only for a season.
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. We are seeing this act play out before our very eyes. We are living in the days when the land of Sodom is before us and all the wanton desires are ever-present before us night and day.
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.”
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!
I am here to encourage you today that in all of our ways to acknowledge the Lord and let Him direct our paths. The distance between us and selling our rights lies in the decision we make today. Chose this day whom you will serve and I pray that you make the right choice. God bless us.