Friday, August 13, 2010

WHAT'S YOUR FAITH WORTH?

WHAT'S THE PRICE OF YOUR FAITH? For Esau it was a bowl of stew. Oh sure, we may say that he really did not stop believing in God, but his actions belied deeper issues, that of being willing to sell that which was a of great worth in order to enjoy some momentary pleasure.

My sermon text for this week is Genesis 25:19-34, which actually covers quite a bit of territory. Yet, what has grabbed my pastoral eye this week is found in the final verse of the section where the writer of Genesis records, "So Esau despised his birthright." (Genesis 25:34).

I suppose many of us have "despised" our birthrights from time to time, especially that birthright granted by faith in Jesus Christ. There are times we have essentially sold out our faith because we desired, or maybe even acquired, that which would bring momentary pleasure. Sin seemed to satisfy better than the Savior.

As I have been studying this week I have been struck by how many different times this issue has come up in conversation (as at our men's weekly Bible study) or in my own conviction and even on other blogs.

One blog that I subscribe to, "Out of Ur," posted a sad, and yet interesting article by Gordon MacDonald. In the blog-post brother MacDonald deals with the question of "How do we respond when someone quits the faith?" His musings are worth the time to read and ponder. So, I encourage you to do so, and then, take a hard look at this week's sermon passage, or better yet, if you're in the area, come and join us as we look at the topic of selling our faith.

Of course, if you have any thoughts, pertaining to the topic at-hand, feel free to post a comment below.

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