“See that no one…is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. He could bring about no change of mind, though he sought the blessing with tears.” (Hebrews 12:16–17, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Many are “like Esau.” “For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matthew 7:13–14, NIV 1984). Seeking after that “single meal” to the neglect of an eternal inheritance. A vain “chasing after the wind.” Even if they catch it, they ultimately end up disappointed after realizing how meaningless it was after all.
All of these, “like Esau,” will one day realize that they want to “inherit [their] blessing” they once “sold.” If not done in this life, it will be too late to “bring about [a] change of mind, though [they seek] the blessing with tears.” For “man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment.” (Hebrews 9:26–27, NIV 1984).
My Advice – One day, without exception, all will want the inheritance of the next life that they “sold” for the things of this world. Don’t let that be you. It doesn’t have to be you. For, “what good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” (Mark 8:36, NIV 1984).