The Esau complex

In Genesis 25 we read about the ever-clever Jacob who was cooking some stew. His brother Esau came in from the fields famished and desperately wanted to have some.

Seeing an opportunity, Jacob said, “First, sell me your birthright.” In exchange for some stew, Jacob wanted Esau to give him his rank and rights as the firstborn son.

What a ridiculous proposal. It’d be like paying a million dollars for a hamburger at McDonald’s!

But Esau actually agreed! Instead of acting with wise self-control, he acted with impulse—and it cost him dearly.

How many of us can do the same thing and fall victim to impulse?

In Galatians 5:23 “self-control” is listed as a quality that God grows in Christians. But what is it? Let me put it this way. Someone who has self-control is someone who doesn’t let urgency body check their larger priorities.

Self-control means keeping your eye on the goal. It means not getting pushed around by temporary distractions. It means doing the right thing instead of the easy thing.

The Esau complex runs rampant.

So in a society of distraction, know what’s important, know what’s not, keep your eye on Jesus, and your head in the game.

Someone who has self-control is someone who doesn’t let urgency body check their larger priorities. 

By Matthew Ruttan
-“Up!” is published 5 days a week (Tuesday to Saturday) and returns on April 24th.

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