Who are you? If you’re like most, who you are is defined by what you do. There certainly is a connection between our “doing” and our “being,” but if we get the order wrong, our identities are positioned to crumble.
When we hear stories about God showing up in a person’s life, the focus is often on how he rescued someone. But God engages with us in other ways too. In the story of Jacob, God comes ready for a rumble, which changes Jacob forever. Before God could do something through Jacob, he needed to do something in Jacob.
The United States has been called the “Great Experiment,” and a nation formed “for the people, by the people.” These principles were different from what the world had experienced previously. But like all new principles, they bump against existing practices and create tensions. The same is true for Christians. Jesus saw it coming, so he gave us some advice.