29 And Jacob boiled pottage; and Esau came from the field, and he was faint.
30 And Esau said to Jacob, “Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage, for I am faint”; therefore was his name called Edom.
31 And Jacob said, “Sell me this day thy birthright.”
32 And Esau said, “Behold, I am at the point of dying. And what profit shall this birthright be to me?”
33 And Jacob said, “Swear to me this day.” And he swore unto him, and he sold his birthright unto Jacob.
34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentils; and he ate and drank, and rose up and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.
Whatever you respect, you will protect! Don't, like Esau, sell your anointing and position in God for instant gratitude and cheap temporary thrills. The primary thing that separates good leaders from the average is vision. A person with vision will always focus on things in the long run, or what is commonly called the "big picture.". Place your hope in things eternal beloved! Heaven is counting on you.
Respect YOUR anointing dear one! God has blessed all of us (believers) with a measure of the anointing in the same way that we have all been blessed with a measure of faith. Your ability to tap into the power of God depends on your ability to live a consecrated, holy, and pure life full of faith and the fruit to prove it. Esau was the first born and was the next in line after Issac to lead the family into the future. He gave it up for a stew. He literally said to himself what does my title and position mean to anybody? I'm not going to act my age. I'm not going to show the maturity that I'm supposed to be showing. All I want is what I want and I want to satisfy myself now! All of this is basically what Esau did. He couldn't endure a little bit of pain that would eventually be satisfied anyway. Pain is a good indicator of that you are on God's ordained path for your life. No pain, no gain!
God had already prophecised that he would wind up serving his YOUNGER brother. And we understand that God had selected in this way because he knew that Esau didn't have the CHARACTER that was necessary to fulfill the esteemed position and ultimately God's purpose. Esau was the bigger stronger brother who could hunt etc. but God showed Esau and all of us that He doesn't judge by the outside, He judges by what's on your inside. What's on your inside? Are your secret motives, thoughts, and desires pleasing to God?
To anoint means to smear or rub with oil. The Old Testament definition meant to apply or pour oil upon a person or even an object.
Old Testament example:
Psalms 92:10 says "But Thou has exalted my horn like that of the wild ox; I have been anointed with fresh oil."
New Testament example:
Acts 10:38 reads as such "...God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him!"
God had ordained that Jacob and Esau would produce nations and trust assured that He has ordained something special to come out of your life. Get closer to God and deepen your relationship with Him to determine your purpose. The supernatural enablement that He has giving you is to be used for the Kingdom. Only you have it in the way that you have it. Don't disrespect the giver of your gifts by not using them and by not protecting them as something valuable. PROTECT your anointing because your purpose is contained within. Blessings!
Pastor Larry Birchett, Jr.