In recent posts, I've already shared how I feel it is important to get into a small community of believers (small group) to help you grow in your relationship with God, grow with each other, and serve others. One of the ways that a small group that is essential in your relationship with God is helping each other from falling into sin. I've already looked at a few verses that show what a beautiful gift God has given us through fellow believers and the verses I am looking at will remind us of that reality again. However, that will not be my main focus for today as I look at a greater warning the author of Hebrews gave us. Please use the link and read Hebrews 12:14-17.
Okay, first I will point out verse 15 that says, "Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God." (NLT). This another reminder that God has a wonderful plan for us to be in unity so we can help each other in our walk with God. We do this by encouraging one another just as the author of Hebrews did at the beginning of Hebrews 12. But now I want to look a little further at the warning we are given of falling into sin. "Make sure that no one is immoral or godless like Esau, who traded his birthright as the firstborn son for a single meal." Hebrews 12:16 (NLT). This is referencing the story of Jacob and Esau in Genesis 25:24-34. Esau in a moment of hunger let go of his birthright for a bowl of stew. Now, before you consider how ridiculous that may sound, think about what is something that is a great temptation for you. Yesterday I looked at Hebrews 12:2-3 where we are told that all we need to do is look to Jesus to help us from caving into sin. We are reminded that He has done so much for us and that is all we need to remember not to let our temptations lead us away from God. But, going back to the example the author gives us about Esau giving up his birthright is the very warning we need to heed. When we choose sin over Jesus, it is the same.
Without going too far into this, we are told in the Bible that when we believe and follow Christ, we are adopted into God's family. We are His children. But when we know this and still choose sin over the great promises we have as God's children, it is no different than Esau giving up his birthright. I am talking about a purposeful and willing walk right into sin. This is why God gave us each other - we can go to one another to encourage us and pray for us when we are facing great temptation. We don't want to give up our birthright just for a single meal - a moment of pleasure. We don't want to give up the great promise of entering God's presence and experiencing His rest just for a single meal. We have too much to look forward to and we just need to look to Jesus and remember all that He has done so we could have the birthright we possess.
What is the single meal that tries to lure you away?