What’s Worth Keeping?

For one morsel of food [Esau] sold his birthright. —Hebrews 12:16

A story is told of a man who loved old books. He met an acquaintance who had just thrown away a Bible that had been stored in the attic of his ancestral home for generations. “I couldn’t read it,” the friend explained. “Somebody named Guten-something had printed it.” “Not Gutenberg!” the book lover exclaimed in horror. “That Bible was one of the first books ever printed. A copy just sold for over two million dollars!”

His friend was unimpressed. “Mine wouldn’t have brought a dollar. Some fellow named Martin Luther had scribbled all over it in German.”

This fictitious story shows how a person can treat as worthless that which is valuable. That’s what Esau did. Although he was a nice enough fellow, Esau was a “profane” man because he sold his spiritual birthright “for one morsel of food” (Hebrews 12:16). Only when it was too late to undo his wretched bargain did he realize that he had sacrificed the permanent on the altar of the immediate.

We had better be careful of the “bargains” we make in life. Our culture places a high price on what is worthless and throws away as worthless what is of eternal value.

Ask the Lord to help you discern what’s worth keeping and what is best discarded.

Haddon W. Robinson

The little choices we must make
  Will chart the course of life we take;
  We either choose the path of light
  Or wander off in darkest night.

D. De Haan

Why pay the high price for this world’s bargains when eternal life is free?

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