LIVING WITHOUT COMPROMISE
Esau once said, “What good is the birthright to me?” in Genesis 25:32, and traded it for a bowl of lentil soup. During that time, a birthright was the oldest son’s share of the family’s estate and is typically double the share from the inheritance among heirs.
WHAT’S YOUR LENTIL SOUP?
It sounds crazy for someone to give up something so precious and irreplaceable for scraps, doesn’t it? When we compromise our faith, it is like giving up your position as a child of God for momentary pleasures.
The day Christ came into our hearts, we were saved from our sins (eternal death), and reborn with the promise of eternal life through the love and salvation of Jesus Christ. Because of this, it wouldn’t make sense if we returned to living a sinful life!
Jesus never said that being a Christian is easy. We walk a narrow road instead of taking the easier, wider path of sin (Matt 7:12). Each day is a constant struggle to keep our focus on God while we live on this earth with our worries and distractions.
It’s easy to give in to our sinful nature with ‘white lies’ and ‘harmless gossip’. It’s easy to get carried away with the rat race to gain wealth alongside the rest of the world—all the while forgetting the incomparable gift of eternal life. And it’s even easier to use excuses like, “Everybody’s doing it anyway,” or “It’s not like I’m hurting anyone,” even though it’s your own life you’re putting at risk. It’s easy to compromise our commitment to follow Christ.
When we are living without compromise, we have to focus the attention towards our personal relationship with God. It doesn’t matter how much you know about the Scriptures, but how obedient you are in following His Word in your life. Forget other people for a moment and check yourself if there is a part of your life you are still compromising your faith on. What are you trading a life of abundance in Christ for a meager earthly pleasantry or comfort? Check yourself if there is still something in your life that you are compromising.
Pray and confess the “harmless” compromises in surrender to Him:
Jesus, I know that the battle has already been won. Your sacrifice on the cross gave me the most sought after freedom, freedom from sin. You have paid my ransom in full. I need not worry.
Lord Jesus, I confess my sins that hinder me from growing closer to you. Help me, Lord Jesus… re-adjust my sight from short sighted to heavenward. I give up my lentil soup for you.
Mike Yap is first and foremost a slave of the Lord Jesus—redeemed as a wretched sinner by grace—and called as a wordsmith, speaker, visionary, and creativist for His Church. You may follow more of his blog at http://thetub-thumper.blogspot.com