Updated: Nov 8, 2022
Are you a believer and you can’t wait to be blessed with material things? Well, you are not alone because no one comes to God with a sincere heart without expecting him
to do wonders.
In this article, I will bring you to the truth of the word of God and you will be able to see what you did not consider in seeking wealth and material things as a believer.
We are living in a very materialistic world today. We call it capitalism, a place where we focus on gain and where almost all means are acceptable to make more gain. Possessions obsess people and the chaos that this has created in see all around us.
Many of the wars in the world today are not really about positions but rather about possessions. Human nature is so evil that we have people ready to let thousands of people die for them to gain a lot. The question of human rights is mostly asked after harm has been done. Everyone wants to be happy and blessed that’s a fact. Believers and unbelievers want the same thing, having plenty in life.
The Bible contains plenty of promises of God about possessions and how he would bless and honor those who honor him (see 1 Samuel 2:30). As a believer there is the temptation in seeking possession. Remember that possession is the state of having, owning, or controlling something and God wants us to rule over things, not the other way around.
However, the world and unfortunately the church are full of people who would sacrifice anything just to possess things (wealth and riches). We are living with people who can sell their souls just to be famous and wealthy. I would not tell you that having wealth is evil, nevertheless, we are argued to be careful and consider what is important.
Below are a few reasons for this carelessness and confusion among believers and
· Limited vision
· Ignorance of your position
The Bible brings us a story of the two twin sons of Isaac: Esau and Jacob. God has given Esau the birthright and given abilities to each one of them. These are a type of two generations. On one hand, those who have no vision and those who have a vision on the other hand.
29 Once when Jacob was cooking stew, Esau came in from the field, and he was exhausted. 30 And Esau said to Jacob, “Let me eat some of that red stew, for I am exhausted!” (Therefore his name was called Edom.[a]) 31 Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright now.” 32 Esau said, “I am about to die; of what use is a birthright to me?” 33 Jacob said, “Swear to me now.” So, he swore to him and sold his birthright to Jacob. 34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank and rose and went his way. Thus, Esau despised his birthright. Genesis 25:29-34
The Limited Vision
This story alone shows how someone with a limited vision can be easily carried away by a temporal situation. I did not want to call a lack of vision but rather limited vision because you will agree with me that Esau had a vision but unfortunately it was based on where he was not on where he would go.
Esau comes from the field, and he is exhausted by the work and from this clearly, he did not a good day. He wants something to eat, that’s a vision and he asks his young brother to help him with something to eat. Jacob takes this as an opportunity, he might have been aiming for this for years and wondered how he would earn the birthright, but the situation came in his favor, his elder brother was lacking a clear vision for the future.
Remember, this is a grown man who clearly can handle hunger for a while. I don’t think he would have died if he ever waited for some hours but because of his limited vision he saw “now” not “tomorrow”.
Many believers are like Esau, just because of the pleasure of a while they commit mistakes that will cost them a lot. How many Christian singers and ministers are caught in this trap? They see the opportunity and they are always ready to compromise with the world. They make a joke about their birthright.
Our birthright holds more than a temporal meal, our birthright is brighter than what the world and flesh present to us. We believe that there will be no other solution to our problem, and this leads us into peril. You can be sure that the devil will always get you into his trap, and the world will come to you at your weakest point, but you need to see beyond your hunger, your poverty, and you’re suffering and hold on till the time of visitation comes. Remember Esau wouldn’t have died but he allowed a minute of comfort to run his future. Tell yourself next time, I won’t die.
Your birthright as a child of God is worth opening your eyes to and seeing beyond the present time. God has more in store than what we see in the physical. I don't know what you are going through now but I believe you hold on tightly to your birthright as a child of God. It might not be obvious that you belong to God because of what you are passing through but the Bible clearly says
Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. John 1:12
The devil has more in his boil and would pay anything to have you sell your birthright. His schemes can take a voice and image of prophecy but remember no prophesy is contrary to the word of God. Raise your eyes and see beyond what the world wants you to see. In Christ, we have all we need not necessarily what we want.
I believe that Esau wanted something to eat but there was no need to sell his firstborn blessings and this made him lose some of the possessions he would have gained through his birthright.