We read in Genesis 25 that Esau traded his birthright to Jacob for a pot of stew (stew without any meat in it!). It sounds incredible, but unfortunately, we do it all the time.As I told our students, if we are not careful, we find ourselves choosing the easy “right now” over the harder “right.” Esau chose the “right now” stew over the long-term “right”—his birthright.Thus, scripture records that “Esau despised his birthright” (25:34).
For our students, this temptation to compromise rears its head on a daily basis. For instance, how easy it is to choose the easy shortcut right now (SparkNotes…like Esau’s stew—no meat) over the disciplined right of reading a challenging text. Because they are at Geneva, if they will work hard, our students hold in their hands the promise of minds girded for action in Christ’s kingdom (like a birthright), but many choose to throw it away for cheap gimmicks to earn a right-now grade.
Don’t despise your birthright. Down with lentil stew! Down with the tyranny of the easy and the convenient! Let’s choose the right over the right now.