Have you been experiencing a bad case of “Esau Syndrome” lately? You know, that impulsive desire of “trading God’s lifelong gift in order to satisfy a short-term appetite”? Well, you are in good (?) company – some Hebrew Christians were in the same boat as you a few thousand years ago (Check out Hebrews 12:14-29… yes, do it now!) They, like us, were a sorry bunch of people who were easily satisfied with less, when much more was offered by God. They were encouraged to not “miss the GRACE of God” (v15).
So what are the symptoms of “Esau Syndrome”? A lack of grace (God’s favor, joy, pleasure) which results in an invasive and infectious form of bitterness (v15). The common side effects are pride, legalism, loss of freedom, judgmental accusations, unforgivness, strife, and a general friction and brokenness.
The cure? Jesus.
It’s so easy to catch “Esau Syndrome.” But the cure is ever-present and offered to us, simply the grace of God. Despite how many times we fail and fall head over heels for things that never fully quench our thirsts, His grace is always there. He can cover your stains, remove your shame, rewrite your name, and make something beautiful even out of me.
Check out is video “GRACE” It really sums up the theology of Grace in a way that many preachers miss: