We remember that God has given us many blessings and many gifts during this first week of Lent. God has given us salvation through the power of Jesus Christ, and our hearts and minds must be focused on His glory. Therefore, let us utilize this season as a season to declutter our lives so that we can focus upon grace and mercy and upon growing our faith. We honor this gift by letting go of the things that do not draw us closer to God and provide more space for the things that draw us closer to God.
Genesis 25:29-34 NIV
29 Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. 30 He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom.) 31 Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.” 32“Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?” 33 But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob. 34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left. So Esau despised his birthright.