Shortsightedness

Good morning and welcome to the Easter week. A wonderful period of reflection that we can all benefit from, whether we are Christian or not.

Genesis 25 verses 29 to 34 tells us of someone terribly short sited, something Jesus was able to look past while in the Garden of Gethsemane just before his arrest.

Here is the account: Now Jacob cooked a stew; and Esau came in from the field, and he was weary. And Esau said to Jacob, “Please feed me with that same red stew, for I am weary.” Therefore his name was called Edom. But Jacob said, “Sell me your birth right as of this day.” And Esau said, “Look, I am about to die; so what is this birth right to me?” Then Jacob said, “Swear to me as of this day.” So he swore to him, and sold his birth right to Jacob. And Jacob gave Esau bread and stew of lentils; then he ate and drank, arose, and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birth right.

Perhaps never in all man’s history has something so valuable been purchased for so little! The major flaw in Esau’s character reveals itself in his careless disregard of the high value of his birth right in favour of an immediate, sensual satisfaction. Unfortunately, far too many of us are like him. Esau was a man, so to speak, who could not see two yards down a straight road on a crystal-clear day. Because immediate concerns dominated his life, living by faith and considering the long game as it were, were two things that were extremely difficult for him.

Either he had no vision, or his personality demanded instant gratification. The things that he valued were those he could have right away.

Jesus saw this in those difficult times right from the famous Garden scene to just moments before He gave up His life on a cruel Roman cross. But it was for the Joy that was before Him that he endured the cross. He was thinking amongst other things of the eternal value and future of people like you and me! These thoughts took Him through.

So as we press on through work this short week , let’s try to remember these highly valuable life lessons and not grab the “now” quick resolution, but think about the long term, both for our work decisions and more importantly for our own life!

Have a great week

Mark

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