Reuben probably regretted his decision. A decision that would ultimately lead to him losing the very thing that accorded him status in his father’s kingdom. The birthright. He was the first born of Israel’s sons and should have received a substantial inheritance. How much more do we need to protect our birthright? Being born again gives you a birthright. You have certain rights and privileges because you are a child of the King. This birthright gives you a certain status in God’s Kingdom. Yet it comes with one caveat.
“The sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel (for he was the firstborn, but because he defiled his father’s couch, his birthright was given to the sons of Joseph the son of Israel, so that he could not be enrolled as the oldest son;” (1 Chronicles 5:1)
Be careful what you give your birthright up for.
Many things in our lives compete for our birthright. Distractions abound. One way to remain steadfast is to determine that your birthright is much more important than the temporary pleasure you experience doing that “one thing.” Esau knew about this all too well. He sold his birthright for a quick meal. He, too, regretted his decision (See Genesis 25:24-34). Lord may we all treat the privilege of being citizens of your Kingdom with the reverence and honor it deserves.