Rev. Greg Haseloff – “No Longer Famished”
“Esau said to Jacob, ‘Let me eat some of that red stuff, for I am famished!’ ….. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank, and rose and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.’” – Genesis 25:30, 34
When we look back at Esau’s hasty action, none of us can imagine giving away what he gave away for a bowl of soup. We know better. Surely stewardship and wisdom would win out for us in a moment of tiredness and hunger. Right?
But what happened within Esau that was stronger than common sense and the business savvy of a fifth grader? He was famished. Level 1 of Maslow’s hierarchy spoke and spoke loudly – so loud and strong that all of biblical history was affected. Being famished, not just for food but in other realms of our existence, can be an unstable place to live. We are physical, emotional, psychological, relational, spiritual beings, and being famished pushes us into an unstable atmosphere in any of these realms.
What choices have we made in the past that came from a position of being famished? Are there current behaviors we have that are a response to being famished? What addictions are possible when some realm of human existence is starved for daily sustenance?
The follower of Jesus has a greater birthright than a child of wealth, monarchy, or privilege. Jesus simply said, “I have come that you may have life, and have it abundantly.” Yet this grandchild of Abraham and child of Isaac came to a brief moment in time when he “despised his birthright.” Our invitation to pursue holiness is an invitation to embrace our birthright, to live from a holy posture and not a famished posture. I Peter 2.9 declares who we are to be as we embrace our birthright, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
- Rev. Greg Haseloff, Associate Dean & Campus Chaplain