His Role and Our Role

by Joanna Pierce on September 14, 2017

Last week, we started our series on the Imitation of Christ. We learned how Christ is our example and we should imitate Him in every part of our life. This week, we turn our focus to the role of Christ and how His role should be our role.

We all have roles we fill on a daily basis—spouse, parent, employee, etc. And, in various ways, these roles define an aspect of who we are. In the same way, when we look to Jesus, and the roles He occupied while on this earth, we can see how the elements of the roles He filled should all be in our lives as well.

A Love Like No Other

There is no love that we’ve ever witnessed or experience like the love of our Father. He loved us enough to lay His life down. But, His love continues to pick us up and teaches us to love others (Psalms 27:10, I John 4:8, 11).

The love Jesus has is a different love than we truly know today. His love (agape) is a higher love that loves the soul and not the characteristics or personality of a person. There are 2 other types of love in the world today: phileo—brotherly love and eros—lustful love. However, what the “world” defines as love, isn’t really love. Real love never fails and loves regardless (I Corinthians 13:8).

To understand the love of Christ and the role it should have in our lives, we must read His Word and see examples of it demonstrated in Scripture. We see a great illustration of God’s love in the story of the Prodigal son (Luke 15:17–20).

A Humble Spirit

Jesus also was a beautiful example (role) of humility. He humbled Himself and became a servant to all of us. At the Last Supper, He robed Himself in a towel, and washed His disciple’s feet (John 13). And, in His greatest act of humility, He became obedient to death and died on the cross (Philippians 2:5–8).

The prophet Isaiah depicts the true role of humility Jesus had on this earth (Isaiah 53:2–5). He teaches us that we must clothe ourselves with the garment of humility in this life; to don this role in everything. This means we must walk this earth without taking advantage to ourselves. If we can change our role to a servant, we will change the world.

Jesus was the exact opposite of everything the devil was (Isaiah 14:11–15). Humans—who are naturally revengeful, rebellious, selfish, and have a sinful nature—fit the same category. We’ve got to learn to put on the role of humility. Scripture teaches that our sinful nature shouldn’t stay that way but become a new creature in Christ (II Corinthians 5:17).

A Transformed Vessel

We are instructed to let the mind of Christ be in us. We can only have God’s mind if we have His Spirit living in us (Galatians 2:20, John 14:16–17). If we don’t have the Spirit of God, we’re not like God—we need the Holy Ghost (Romans 8:9–11).

To allow the role of the Holy Ghost have His way in our lives, we must be careful not to quench it, but to allow it to rule us (Ephesians 4:30–32). If we let the Holy Ghost reign in us, signs will follow us in our Christ-like role (Mark 16:17–18). Christ must dwell in our hearts to help us to be rooted and grounded in Him (Ephesians 3:17–19).

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on September 13, 2017 with Guest Speaker, Brother Jonathan Pierce