If we’re honest, many of us tend to serve just to please others or perhaps to prove something to ourselves or other people. But if we are to serve without insecurity or arrogance, we must first understand our identity and our purpose.
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.