Series: A Better Life
Title: What Good Is It To Me?
Text: Genesis 25:27-34
Sometimes in our desire for a better life, we may make short-sighted decisions that leave us worse off. What can we learn from the story of Esau and Jacob about the danger of immediate gratification?
How would you define a “better life?” How important is attaining a better life for you?
Read Gen 25:27-34. Would you identify more with Esau or Jacob? In your own words, describe what you find the most problematic about each of them.
Esau was easy target for manipulation because he lived by his appetite. He disqualified himself from the heir of the covenant because he valued his stomach above his heritage. How can a craving for immediate gratification jeopardise our spiritual inheritance?
How can we learn to make long-term decisions that honour God? How can we increase our desire not for the better life that the world promotes, but for the true life that has been promised to us through the sacrifice of His Son?
What does ‘a better life’ look like? Higher salary? A bigger house? Better education? Better healthcare?
Sometimes, our commitment to God seems to stand in the way of us attaining a better life – not just for ourselves, but for our loved ones too. Learn how can we handle our desire for a better life in light of who God is.