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TEXT: HEBREWS 12:12-17

MEMORY VERSE: “Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright” (HEBREWS 12:16).

Esau will be remembered in history as the chap who sold his birthright – his rights and privileges as the firstborn. The birthright has to do with both position and inheritance.

As the firstborn son, Esau was entitled to inherit the leadership of the family and the judicial authority of his father. He was eligible to inherit the Abrahamic Covenant, transferred to his father, Isaac, from his grandfather, Abraham. Esau traded off all that in a moment of need and temporary inconvenience. He sold it all, and when he needed it back, he could not recover it.

A Christian youth is an heir to an inheritance purchased by Christ and stored in heaven. But he must hold on to his faith in order to inherit the promises. He is faced with the same temptation to trade off the eternal for the temporal.

Many youths, like Esau, indulge in fornication and other malpractices, just to pass an examination, secure admission or obtain some mundane benefits. It is better to suffer momentary inconvenience and inherit eternal glory than indulge in fleeting gratification and be lost forever.

QUOTE: A Christian youth is an heir.

CHALLENGE: Do not sell your birthright.

PRAYER: Grant me grace to hold on to my birthright, Oh God!

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