Protecting Your Future
Dr. Charles Stanley
Scripture: Genesis 25:27-34
I. Introduction: Many people today choose to take what they want, when they want it, rather than wait for the proper time and circumstance. The result is, the choices they make ravage their lives. Are you willing to sacrifice your future for momentary pleasure?
II. Message: There are five ways we sacrifice our future.
- When we are blind to godly values
- Esau’s impatience and hunger overrode the importance of his birthright as the eldest son. In that day and age, when a father died, his firstborn son inherited leadership over the household. This included responsibility for the spiritual well-being of all its inhabitants and control over the family’s wealth.
- People often drive away family and friends by focusing too much on their careers, power, money, or possessions.
- When our appetites overrule the Holy Spirit
- We have God-given cravings for food, rest, relationships, sex, etc., but they should be tempered by the indwelling Holy Spirit.
- When a person yields to his or her appetites, he or she often makes foolish decisions.
- God commands us to utilize self-control, a fruit of the Spirit. We are not to entertain sin to any degree.
- When we expect immediate gratification
- If we insist on having our desires fulfilled now, we show our distrust of God’s timing and provision. We think, If I don’t get this immediately, I’ll never have it.
- God has the very best planned for our lives. If we reach for His blessings and take them ahead of time, we’ll never enjoy life to its fullest measure.
- When we focus on temporary things instead of eternity
- Esau became so focused on temporal pleasures that he didn’t consider the future ramifications of his actions.
- When we pass from this life to the next, we take nothing with us and face judgment for how we lived on earth (Heb. 9:27).
- Consider this: Is there any ambition, pleasure, or desire in your life that is worth suffering for all eternity?
- When we don’t consider the future consequences of our choices and actions
- Just as you’d read a contract before buying a house or car, you should always consider how a decision might affect your life and the lives of others.
- Don’t make foolish choices today that will cost you for the rest of your life.
- Examples: Achan (Joshua 7); Samson (Judges 16); David (2 Samuel 11); Judas (John 18).
III. Conclusion: Do you want to sacrifice your future for the pleasure of a moment? We’re called to trust that God will provide what we need, when we need it. If we choose to pursue our own course, we risk pain and regret in this life and for all eternity.