It is the passage where Esau comes in from hunting and Jacob has been cooking. Esau is famished and begs to have some of the food that is waiting and Jacob is willing, but only if Esau will renounce his birthright. He is asking Esau to give up something very important, but in the future, for a short-term, yet immediate benefit.
Isn't this what Christians do today? Don't we focus so much on the short-term benefit and the best decision for "right now" that we forget about God's promises down the line? We find ourselves staring at our feet instead of looking down the road and trusting & believing in what God says.
When we are short-sighted we:
- spend our money on what makes us immediately happy regardless of the consequences
- react emotionally to situations and lash out at others instead of considering their heart
- neglect our children because we are tired instead of treasuring the time we have
- put off getting serious about investing in our intimacy with God because tomorrow there will be more time
- let other people go on mission trips
- live as a part of a church for the social interaction instead of the discipleship factor
- treat God as a "fix" for a immediate problems instead of letting Him be the God of our past, present & future
God didn't want that for Esau either & He certainly doesn't want that for His church.