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 _______? (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)