It like trying to run our own Christian life without the presence of The Lord.
One could say I am a footballer, because I play football. or I am chef because I cook, and that concept of who we are is flawed. We would have to do a lot of training if we wanted to be called a professional footballer. We would have to also train and understand food and the ways of preparing it, to graduate as a chef.
One can’t say they are a Christian without the influence of Christ Jesus in their lives; There is an expectation about being a Christian, we belong to a different Kingdom. Proverbs 3 verse 5 to 7, tells us:
V5: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding”;
V6:Think about Him in all your ways and He will guide you on the right path”.
V7: “Don’t consider yourself to be wise; fear the Lord and turn away from evil”.
In all our ways we are to acknowledge Our Lord, Our redeemer and Our Friend.
All our ways, not just some. we can’t be picky and choosey, about how we want Him to be involved in our lives. Genesis Chapter 28, we learn more about a character called Jacob. Jacob was a manipulator. Jacob had tried to take all of his circumstances and manipulate them to fulfill his own ambitions. Jacob tried to achieve spiritual ends by worldly means.
At Bethel, Jacob had an encounter with The Lord. Jacob’s life was changed, he was never the same. Bethel is a place, to meet with God, and once we have a Bethel experience, we too, will never be the same again. Our experience with Our Lord and Our Friend, at the Cross, our lives will be changed too, not seek things that belong to God, through worldly carnality.
Matthew 6 verse 33: But seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness and all these thins will be provided for you”.
Seek first, second, third, and only the Kingdom of God, and we will always find great help and satisfaction.