What would you do for a Klondike Bar?
What would you do for a Klondike Bar? For me as a kid it was the bar that had my mouth salivating but it was the Klondike Choco-Taco! Those things were amazing, and I would have moonwalked across a lake if it meant getting my hands on one of those beauties.
For something delicious or seductive we will all bend the rules a bit, or do something embarrassing, or maybe even something we would regret…
Maybe it is to do something unethical to get a promotion, or to go against your beliefs to appease the person you want to be with, or making any other dumb decision for a quick reward.
So when opportunity comes up should we take the quick reward and deal with the consequences later or should we hold firm?
Check out Genesis 25, Jacob and Esau were two fraternal twins who couldn’t have been more different, Esau popped out first and loved to hunt, be outdoors, and grow long beards. Jacob was more contemplative, and enjoyed cooking, thinking, and whatever else you did if you were an inside person in biblical times. Its also worth mentioning that Jacob was manipulative and not a very good brother.
Esau came home one day from hunting and he could smell Jacob’s stew in the kitchen. He asked for some, but Jacob told him the only way he was getting any was if he gave Jacob his inheritance (that escalated quickly) and the big oaf agreed!
“Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and lentil stew. Esau ate and drank. When he was satisfied, Esau went his way as if nothing had happened. Esau treated his valuable birthright contemptuously.”
Can you believe how stupid and thoughtless he was? He gave up all that his Dad had promised him for a stupid bowl of soup. Shake your head at him for a second.
Do we do the same? When we give into temptation, when we compromise on our beliefs, and when we settle for less then OUR Eternal Dad’s best for us we are doing the exact same thing, we are treating our promises like they are worthless.
You see pastors all the time wrapped up in sex or money scandals. Giving up all that God had planned for them just for the promise of a one-night stand or a new car.
Don’t give in. Don’t trade your inheritance for a bowl of soup or a Klondike Bar, it will never be worth it.
What are some ways to protect yourself from giving in to quick reward temptation?
 Genesis 25:34 The Voice