One of the first and saddest questions that was asked was the question posed by Esau, wherein in his hunger, he despised his birthright to his cunning brother, Jacob and asked “Behold, I am at the point of death (due to hunger), What profit shall this birthright do to me?” (Genesis 25:32) Esau was focused on gratifying his physical desires and saw profit from the perspective of his flesh.
Points to ponder:
Many a times, we are like Esau as well – seeking to gratify our physical desires and at these times, we ought to be reminded on the warning from Jesus – What shall it profit a man if he was to gain the whole world and yet lose his own soul? (Mark 8:36) God is seeking for us to look at our life with the perspective of how his Holy Spirit in our profits and not how our flesh profits. Our profit of being giving the right of being God’s children when we believe in Jesus (John 1:12), outweighs any other gain we can ever have, for we can gain the whole world and still die spiritually.
Genesis 25:32 (KJV)
32 And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?
Mark 8:36 (KJV)
34 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.
36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?