Heavenly Birthright

God extends a gift to everyone: the opportunity to be adopted into His family, and therefore become heirs. To be given a “birthright” to heaven to spend eternity in God’s presence.

Romans 8:17 “Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory.”

And yet so many people don’t accept God’s gift, or they do accept it and then later reject it. Why?

For fame?

For money?

For safety?

For _______? (Fill in the blank.)

Why give up our birthright to heaven for such fleeting things? Those who deny Jesus for whatever is important to them in this world are like Esau who sold his birthright for a single meal.

Hebrews 12:16-17 “He traded his birthright as the oldest son for a single meal. And afterward, when he wanted his father’s blessing, he was rejected. It was too late for repentance, even though he wept bitter tears.” (NLT)

When we push Jesus away so that we can receive the momentary things of this life, we’re no better than Esau who traded his birthright for only one meal.

Those who choose the world and its desires over Jesus will enjoy more fame, more money, more safety, etc. on earth, but what happens after they die? They will realize they pursued the temporary instead of the eternal, and like Esau, who wanted his father’s blessing and wept bitterly for it, but was told it was too late, those who deny Jesus will want the blessing God gives to all who chose Him over the world, but it will be too late and they will be rejected.

It is here and now, on earth, that we choose to either live for Jesus with the realization that anything the world has to offer (including life) is temporary and will perish, or we choose to push Jesus away and pursue the shallow, perishable things the world offers.

Are you a follower of Jesus? Have you accepted Him as your Lord and Savior, accepting His sacrifice on your behalf? Then you are a citizen of heaven, and your name is written in the Book of Life. You are promised eternal life with God in heaven, forever. Why deny your Savior in order to gain something in this world that’s going to perish? No matter what, always choose Jesus, for He will never perish. Always strengthen your relationship with Jesus and never deny Him, even if that means giving up your life because of your relationship with Him. Didn’t Jesus give His life for you first?

If you aren’t a follower of Jesus, let me say this: no one knows how long they’re given on this earth, so I encourage you to really think about what I’ve written. It is in our life on earth that we make the choice to either accept or reject God’s free gift. Will you accept God’s gift of salvation? If you have any questions, feel free to comment with any comments/questions.

Matthew 10:32-33 “’Everyone who acknowledges Me [Jesus] publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before My Father in heaven. But everyone who denies Me here on earth, I will also deny before My Father in heaven.’” (NLT)

Romans 10:9 “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (NIV)

 

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19 thoughts on “Heavenly Birthright

  1. “Those who choose the world and its desires over Jesus will enjoy more fame, more money, more safety, etc. on earth”

    Or they will end up drug addicted, prostituting themselves to support their habit, and eventually on dialysis, etc. Like the women I met recently. They’ve turned their lives back over to God now, but their years of pursuing the things of the world have taken a toll.

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    • A good point. My sentence was meant to show that those who try for the rewards of this life are probably going to get them, because that’s what they’re focused on. But they’ll miss out on God’s reward of eternal life.
      That’s wonderful those women have turned back to God. 🙂

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  2. Found you on the dp community pool. Thank you for posting this – I often feel a way to post about my faith because I don’t like to feel like I’m forcing it on people so it’s really refreshing to read a post like this and a great reminder x

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    • Hi Kenzi,

      Thanks for visiting my blog. 🙂

      I like how you’ve outlined what you plan to use your blog for! In my opinion, I feel like your theme could be brighter with more color You’re going to be blogging about fun, light stuff, so perhaps a theme like Sorbet (free), or Bouquet (free), or Writr (free, but it does leave a blank, black strip on the far right with nothing in it…I used to use it but found that blank strip annoying) or Splendio (although not as much…) But that’s totally my opinion. 🙂 I would also suggest adding gadgets to your sidebar (like a search box, a recent posts gadget, a follow button for those who want to follow your blog via email, etc.) Makes the blog more interactive. Let me know if you don’t know how to add gadgets and I’ll post instructions. 🙂

      Oh, and I like how you’ve added a poll. Helps to make the blog interactive.

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