A Single Meal
A single Meal
“A single meal”
“ (let) there be no immoral or godless person like Esau,
who sold his own birthright for a single meal. “
The story of Esau recorded in Gen. 25 – 27 is a gripping and sad story. As the NT writer of Hebrews reflects on Esau he uses the words “immoral” and “godless” to describe him. That seems a bit harsh to me, how bout you???? I would not pick those words to describe Esau….really wasn’t he just a bit “short sighted”…maybe a bit “impatient” even “hasty”???? I usually save the words “immoral” and “godless” for much more serious issues. So, this is one of those times when we need to allow God’s word to reshape our thinking. And when we do allow God’s word to reshape our thinking we begin to see those words “immoral” and “godless” might just apply to us.
How often have I been so focused on “a single meal” right in front of me that I have sacrificed a spiritual blessing and missed the opportunity to secure eternal fruit. Now we need to understand that the “single meal” is not about food, it’s about something in front of us that is temporary, transitory and of no eternal value. We are faced with making decisions about “single meals” all day, every day. The Apostle Paul speaks about these “single meals” of life this way. “we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Cor 4:18 Do you see it? The “single meals” are about the temporal…the things seen and not the eternal things not seen.
The reason that this life is so hard to navigate is because we actually need some “single meals” in our lives to simply survive. Yet if we spend all our time, money and energy on the “single meals” we miss the real purpose of life. The “single meals” don’t feed us they actually end up strangling us spiritually, just like Esau. We miss the real blessing of life. We spend all of God’s resources (time, money, energy) to fill us up temporarily but invest nothing for the glory of God in eternity. Maybe that is “immoral” and “godless” and if I am honest I can say that in many ways that applies to me.
May God help us see beyond the “single meals” to the eternal fruit that our lives can produce for His glory.
With you in the challenge
Sunday June 25th. Potluck (bring salad and dessert) chicken provided. Covenant Members meeting to follow.
Sunday July 2nd. Church 101…come and enjoy lunch with the church leadership team and see what EFBC is all about.
Sunday July 23rd. Worship Outside The Box. A day to BE THE CHURCH and not just GO TO CHURCH. Listen up for all the details.