What is your bowl of soup?

In Genesis 25:29-34, we read about how Esau sold his birthright to Jacob. The birthright is the right to be recognized as the firstborn who inherits the judicial and leadership position from Isaac.

In verse 34, we read, “Thus Esau despised his birthright.”

What’s super interesting in this story is that Esau sold his birthright. He didn’t sell it for a hundred or thousand cattle. He didn’t sell it for a huge chunk of land. He didn’t sell for something that is of equal or greater value.


“So he [Esau] swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. 34 And Jacob gave Esau bread and stew of lentils; then he ate and drank, arose, and went his way (Genesis 25:33-34).”

As you can see, Esau sold his birthright for a bowl of soup.

His reason?

32 And Esau said, “Look, I am about to die; so what is this birthright to me?” (Genesis 25:32)

Esau became nearsighted. He only thought of his present needs. Obviously, Esau, a fit and healthy man, can still survive a few hours and days more. He can even be more resourceful and find a better way to feed himself.

bowl of soup food

Yet, what did he do?

He took the easy way but not the right way.

It only shows how Esau didn’t give much importance to his birthright.

How about you? Do you give God’s calling in your life great importance? Are you willing to fight for your calling? Are you willing to die for it?

Or, are you going to easily give up and exchange it for a “bowl of soup?”

If you are exchanging your eternal reward for a temporary reward, then you are making the biggest mistake of your life.

Be sure to let no one take your crown for a bowl of soup.

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