Not For Sale!
“And Jacob sod pottage (cooked a stew): and Esau came from the field, and he was faint (weary): And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage (stew); for I am faint (weary): therefore was his name called Edom ("Red"). And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage (stew) of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.” Genesis 25:29-34
It seems that doing right is always hard at inception, but it pays great dividends in the end. Doing wrong always seem to be easy in the beginning, but it pays difficult dividends in the end. God’s law of nature is found in Galatians 6:7, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” The good seed always comes up even if we don’t see it at first, and the bad seed always comes up as well, even though we may think we have hidden it away.
The Devil is a lion who walks around and looks for someone whom he can devour. He is quite active and is never satisfied until he has brought us to utter destruction. I believe that we should have things in our life that are non-negotiable and not for sale.
I was about 13 years old when I first start collecting baseball cards. I had a modest collection and would always ask my mom if I could she could buy me a packet when I saw them for sale. I had the big collectors book with plastic inserts, and organized my cards by team. My favorite cards with my favorite players were always the first ones listed on the team, and I would sometimes bring my big book to school to see if anyone was open to a trade. I guarded that book with my life and was well aware of my card inventory. If someone tried to pull a fast one, there would be a painful price to pay.
My dad came home from a work trip and brought me a special present...a Rickey Henderson rookie card. That card was quite valuable, and if my memory serves me, it was worth $187 even back then. Rickey was a big star and was stealing bases like I did cookies off of the kitchen counter. I was elated to get this card and it was worth more than my whole baseball card collection. I never put that card in my big book, but I instead put in its own special sleeve and stowed it away for special occasions. I only brought it to school a few times to show people I was not lying about the card. People would always propose generous trade offers for that card, but I simply would tell them that it was not for sale. I had some who offered cash plus cards to try and sweeten the pot, but I would not budge on giving up that card. My dad bought me that card, and I don't think I would have sold it for a thousand dollars, it was that important to me. I still have that card in my closet, and most of my collection is still in tact.
Like me with my favorite baseball card, we must draw the line in our lives and say, “It is not for sale.” Jacob knew how to draw in his older brother, Esau, and even had some help from their mom to do so. Satan knows how to draw us in as well, and we sometimes aid him in his approach. Ephesians 4:27 states, “Neither give place to the devil.” We must not give him any ground or we will soon be selling everything to him. He will make the stew of sin smell so good, and he will offer it to us at our weakest times. He will tell us that we cannot live without out it, and he will give us as much as we want. He sets the table and makes it seems so enticing, even though we are taking part in our own destruction. Esau traded his birthright for a bowl of stew because he was so hungry and did not care about the price he paid for it. Sin always come with a price and we must consider the cost. Sin will always leave us dissatisfied and defeated.
Have you drawn the lines in your life? Have you put up the stop sign to sin, or does Satan have a green light with you? What is for sale in your life that shouldn’t be? What sin does Satan easily ensnare you with? Proverbs 28:13 states, “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.” We must put up the stop signs in our life and not allow the Devil to take that which is not his. If you are a born again Christian, Satan is no longer your master and you have been bought with a price. The devil knows this truth, but he will continue to deceive you if you allow him to. Take the "For Sale" sign down in your life, and say no to sin.
Stay in the fight!