So yesterday I mentioned that we started watching The Crown on Netflix. Friends told us about it over Christmas with such enthusiasm we just felt we were making a regrettable life choice by not partaking.
If you are like us before we got the memo and have not a clue what I am talking about…
(I actually have so much dental work, that I assumed it was a documentary on capping teeth, but don’t tell anyone….)
The Crown follows the story of the Royal Family beginning with the marriage of Elizabeth, daughter of King George VI, to Phillip Duke of Edinburgh.
One scene that caught my attention involved a conversation Elizabeth has with her uncle, who had abdicated the throne years before, choosing to marry a woman who was unaccepted as a wife of the King of England.
She points out that he never apologized for vacating his responsibilities.
Assuming she meant an apology to her own father for causing him to assume duties he had never wanted, he assured he did indeed apologize.
No, she says – you never apologized to me.
And then she briefly shares the high cost to her own life, to her marriage, to her husband and to her family that his choice had left her.
His choice had caused repercussions that would continue for generations.
On Monday morning, my Bible reading had me in Genesis 25, where Esau comes in from the field hungry and Jacob offers him food in exchange for his birthright.
The notes in the commentary portion shed a view of this that was new to me and reminded me of the dialogue above about how one man’s decision affected so many others life course.
“Careless, and apparently disinterested in the benefits and responsibilities attendant to the birthright, Esau unknowingly forfeits his opportunity to be the one in his generation through whom the blessings promised to his grandfather Abraham would pass.” *
And apparently disinterested….
that came with the birthright.
What about us?
What about me?
I have been born into a time and an area of influence with benefits and responsibilities.
I have been born again…
into an inheritance of Promised Blessings.
These words churn deep in my spirit today.
They make me ask myself if I have been careless and disinterested in the benefits and responsibilities that come with receiving Christ and being made new in Him.
They urge me to be neither careless nor indifferent to the benefits of my salvation AND the responsibilities that accompany God calling me one of His children.
I want to take every opportunity in my generation to be one through whom God’s blessings flow.
I think of young moms and dads out there, swimming upstream in a culture gone awry.
I think of teens and tweens and young adults forging the bridge between the faith they were raised on and the place they will walk it out in the real world of school, work and relationships today.
I think of older people who are starting to wear down and wear out. Our time is drawing closer and its easy to think maybe we might just coast it on out.
Esau, we are told, came in from the fields weary.
We can get that way and when we do it is tempting to settle for creature comforts and forget to fight the good fight.
Let’s not do that.
Let’s you and I be known as people who seized the birthright of being born again as new creations and use our influence to call forth God’s blessings into the day ahead.
*From The Narrated Bible in Chronological Order, NIV, with Devotional Commentary by F. LaGard Smith; Harvest House Publishers, page 53