The problem with a good deal of Christian today is ignorance, not knowing what belong to them in the covenant as to access them. As a result, many are living far below their potential and are not enjoying what God meant for them to enjoy in the covenant.
I heard a story a long time ago about a young man, of an African origin, who was obsessed with going to a foreign land for a greener pasture. According to the story, the young worked hard to raise the money to pay for a ticket for the ship. When the young man had raised enough money, he went and bought the ticket for the trip.
On the day of the trip, he bought some packets of cabin biscuits, and he took along with him a small gallon of water. Throughout the duration of the journey, he was living on the cabin biscuits, as he did not join others to go to eat in the dining room.
However, when the ship arrived at the destination, another man asked the young man why he failed to join them to eat in the dining, whether he did not like their kind of food? The young man in his reply said, “Sir, I managed to raise the fare for the trip, I did not have any other money to pay for the food”.
The man replied, “Oh! No, your ticket for that trip qualified you to eat freely in the dining for the duration of the trip”. You see, the young man did not know that his ticket qualified him to eat in the dining freely like other passengers, but he ignorantly suffered hunger and starvation while others were enjoying the meal at the dining table.
Yes, you may laugh at the ignorance of that young man that deprived himself of enjoying what he was supposed to enjoy. But many of us Christians are not better off than that young man in the story.
This is because many of us are totally living in ignorance, yet they claim to know what they don’t know. For others, they acknowledge that they don’t know but fail to seek to know or don’t bother to know, mostly as a result of their laziness.
In the Bible, even God lamented about the ignorance of His people as can be seen in Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”
That is to say, in this kingdom, many Christians don’t know what belongs to them in the covenant, and as a result, they are not living up to the fullest of their rights and privileges as a Christian. In other words, as Christians, there are many things that belong to us in the covenant. Paul called those things, the things that accompany salvation.
This can be seen in Hebrew 6:9 “But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak”. On the contrary, many Christians are living at the mercy of the devil, who is using them as tools. So I ask you, are you enjoying your Christian life to the fullest?
In other words, do you know what belongs to you in the covenant? Let us not be like the people described in Psalms 82:5 “They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out, of course”.
But rather we should obey what 2 Timothy 2:15 said: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. When we study, we will rightly divide the word of GOD”.
Those who are studious, enjoy their Christian life better compared to lazy Christians who are not studious. What God told Joshua in Joshua 1:8 still stands and is meant for us today. That verse said,
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. By then, you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Finally, before we can access and take delivery of what belongs to us in the covenant, we must ensure that we are in the covenant. That is to say, we must have and walk-in covenant relationship with God. Are you in a covenant relationship with God? Shalom!