“Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” Romans 9:13
(1) Esau, as the eldest son, was meant to receive birthright from his dying father, Isaac. However, Jacob’s lust for the birthright’s blessing and authority drove him to deceive his father and brother to gain the birthright for himself.
“Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents”. Genesis 25:27
Isaac loved Esau the most, and Esau was complacent and took his father’s blessing and authority for granted. He did not recognize his need for the birthright until he sold it away to Jacob for a simple meal.
Why does God proclaim he loved Jacob when Jacob had covetous motives?
God desires an extreme heart of hunger over pious righteousness.
Even with the wrong motives, God the Father desires that we zealously lust after His power, authority and presence. HE WANTS TO GIVE US HIS POWER SO HE WILL BE GLORIFIED THROUGH US. All of us are meant to have spiritual gifts of God to encourage, strengthen and comfort those around us in the name of Jesus (2) (“in the name of” meaning “in behalf of; by the authority of; in the represented or assumed character of”).
“It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill… The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.” Philippians 1:15-18
God despises a lukewarm lifestyle in Him and would rather have your heart with its false motives than your indifference: “So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth”. Revelations 3:16
A complacent heart does not change and is not teachable. If you aren’t teachable, you cannot receive wisdom and revelation from God. Apathy and complacency only leave when there is hunger in its place.
If your faith seems stagnant, a step worth taking is to loosen the reigns of control and entrust your unstable life into the peaceful hands of God. Taking the safe and easy route of complacent faith is a form of control because you are preventing change in your way of thinking, (which will block you from revelation and feeling the love and presence of God). God is calling you “to be transformed by the renewing of your mind” Rom. 12:2.
“Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.” Romans 8:5-7.
Change is intimidating because every new stage of life tends to begin with a mess.
“Where no oxen are, the manger is clean, but much increase comes by the strength of the ox” Proverbs 14:4.
All births in life are messy. There’s no way around it. If you want increase from the Kingdom of God, you must shift focus from honoring order to honoring life. Parents go through the mess of birthing life, THEN train their children in the direction they should go. In the same way, we must release our control to God, persevere through the pain and discomfort of change, until we receive the increase God promises. Life is worth far beyond the trouble of cleaning up a mess.
“I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve.” Jeremiah 17:10
When you consistently live in hunger for God’s presence, authority and power, (which gets easier the more you encounter and experience God’s endless love for you) the fruit of the Spirit becomes tangibly evident and full in your life, almost effortlessly.
“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness. Against such things there is no law.” Galations 5:22-23
Thanks for takin’ the time to read up what I learned today! I hope your mind has shifted for the better! Remember that God is good, and He is terribly in love with you as you are. He is jealous for your affection in return.
(1) Jacob and Esau discussion inspired by You May All Prophesy: Practical Guidelines for Prophetic Ministry by Steve Thompson
(2) definition of “in the name of” http://dictionary.die.net/in%20the%20name%20of
(3) All the verses are from the bible… ;P