WHAT IS MY ROLE AS A CHRISTIAN?
So, once you have an understanding of who God says you are, what does that mean for your life? How are we supposed to act knowing that we are Saints, a new creation completely, priests in a holy nation.
It means we are to no longer live in the ways of the world. We have a purpose and a destiny because Christ is in us and our identity is now his. So when we act in worldly ways and contradict Christ’s character, we are actually contradicting ourselves and going against what is now natural for us.
And that can be many things: knocking people down, being prideful, hating others, talking crap behind someone’s back. The list goes on and it all contradicts who we now are as believers and, more importantly, who God says we are.
But so often we create excuses for why we aren’t living a certain way, ya know?
All of my friends are super negative so it just rubs off on me.
I’ve tried to stop drinking so much but this is just who I am - it runs in my family.
I don’t have enough time to focus on my relationship with God.
Guess what - the problem isn’t your situation or your friends or your family. Once you have accepted Jesus into your heart as your personal Savior you are now a new creation and he lives inside of you no matter what your external circumstances may say. The Holy Spirit lives inside of you. Heaven is inside of you. Your new identity is to love people even when you don’t “feel” like it, to be light in the darkness, to bless those around you without expecting anything in return, to ruin and destroy the works of the devil.
It’s who you are. It’s the life you were created to live.
So how do you become more Christ-like? You spend time with him. In prayer. In reading the Bible. In sitting and listening to His voice. You can’t live like Jesus if you don’t know Jesus.
And by reading about Jesus we learn what that lifestyle looks like. Because, yes, Jesus was fully God, BUT he was also fully man. So when he came to earth he left all of his power in order to show us what it is like to live fully dependent on the Holy Spirit and in line with God plan and purpose for your life. That’s the lifestyle we should passionately be pursuing whether or not we see the same outcomes in our current situation. We should expect for God to move in mighty ways.
You guys remember that prayer from growing up called the Lord’s prayer?
We have become so complacent to that prayer because it was such a large part of tradition in many denominations, but that prayer single handedly tells us what we are supposed to be praying for and experiencing in our lives.
It says, “Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven."
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done.
On earth as it is in heaven. On earth as it is in heaven.
It is our role to pray heaven down to earth. What God’s reality is, coming down and impacting our reality. And we need to bring that heavenly reality into the circumstances of those around us that don’t know Him or His will.
1 John 3:8 literally says, “…the reason the Son of God came was to destroy the works of the devil.” That’s our role. To destroy the works of the devil by bringing heaven to earth. Plain and simple.
So what do you think of when you think of heaven?
I think of peace, joy, love, hope, healing both physically and emotionally, care-free, the word GOOD.
Because God is GOOD in everything He does.
So now you guys know who God says you are and what you are supposed to do, what your role is. So GO. You have the power and authority. You have the Holy Spirit inside of you, guiding your way, and you have the Bible - the living and breathing Word of God where you can study and grow and learn what it means to destroy the works of the devil.
Remember the Lord’s prayer, as it’s said in more of a modern lingo: “Our Father, dwelling in the heavenly realms, may the glory of your name be the center on which our lives turn. Manifest your kingdom realm, and cause your every purpose to be fulfilled on earth, just as it is fulfilled in heaven.” On earth as it is in heaven. Peace.