And Esau said to his father, “Have you only one blessing, my father? Bless me—me also, O my father!” And Esau lifted up his voice and wept. (Genesis 27:38)
Remember how Esau responded to the invitation to sell Jacob the birthright? Esau said, “Look, I am about to die; so what is this birthright to me?” (Gen. 25:32). He cared nothing for it, instead placing more value on a morsel of food. But later, “When he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears” (Heb. 12:17). Isaac had blessed Jacob and the blessing could not be revoked and this caused Esau great distress.
So consider the different reactions to losing the birthright and losing the blessing; to one he took no thought and to the other he wept bitterly. Here is how I see it; he wanted the blessing and the prosperity that came with it but he did not want the responsibility that was required in order to walk in that blessing. There are many Americans, especially younger Americans, who want the material blessings of liberty but do not want to put forth the effort needed to produce those blessings. So many aren’t willing to pay the prices because their “birthright” means nothing to them. They are willing to sell it in order to satisfy their temporal appetites.
As believers, we must not shirk the responsibility that goes with being the sons and daughters of God; we must embrace it. We need to recognize those things in life that are sacred and eternal which have been entrusted to us to protect. Nothing this world has to offer can compare to that which the Father has in store for those who will be faithful to endure and overcome. Sometimes walking the straight and narrow path can be difficult; being true to responsibility always is. But the reward and blessing of the abundant life Messiah promised us is invaluable. Keep your eyes on the prize.
Blessings and Shalom,