Esau did not value his inheritance which he traded for a bowl of stew. Later when he tried to get the entitlement back he couldn’t (Gen 25:29-34, 27:1-40; Heb 12:16,17). It was some time later that the significance of his careless agreement took effect, as reaping always follows sowing. Let this serve as

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a reminder of the importance of making wise choices, not indifferent or reckless ones as often there is no remedial action that can be taken. Adam and Eve could not uneat the fruit, which by that action brought us under the domination of sin. Being careless is to gamble with disaster as "The complacency of fools will destroy them" (Prov 1:32, 19:16). We are instructed to be alert and not give the devil an opportunity to get the advantage over us for he is always on the prowl seeking to destroy those who are casual about their spiritual walk (Jn 10:10; Eph 4:27; 1 Pet 5:8). The Bible states, "A wise man fears the Lord and turns from evil, but a fool is hotheaded and careless" (Prov 14:16).  We are to be good stewards of what has been entrusted to us, not being sloppy or acting with inattention for we are answerable even for our careless speech which along with our other words have the power of life and death (Prov 18:21; Mt 12:36). Hell will be populated by procrastinators and those who, while on earth, did not give serious thought to their eternal destiny.

We are told, "Don't be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is" (Eph 5:17). This is generally found in the Scriptures and these principles apply to all who call themselves Christians, there are no exceptions. Specific instructions are revealed to individuals as He considers best, yet they will never violate God's character or the commands of the Bible. Thus we must not neglect the spiritual disciplines whereby we build ourselves up in the faith for unless we are robust in our relationship with Christ we are easily ensnared by the temptations of the world (2 Tim 2:26).

See also: accountability, care, consequences, Esau, fool/foolish, integrity, neglect, spiritual disciplines, value.