Identity Roles

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Identity Roles – Professional

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[W]e worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. We did this, not because we do not have the right to help, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you to imitate. – 2 Thessalonians 3:8b-9 (NIV)

God has plans for all of our life, including the work we do to meet our physical needs. Ask yourself “What is God’s vision for me in all this? What are the goals God wants me to start moving on? What are the ways I need to change to be faithful in all areas of my life?” God is faithful, and He will not only reveal His will to you, but empower you by His Holy Spirit to act in obedience. May God bless you as you live into your identity in Christ.

Identity Roles – Calling Mentee/Mentor

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Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. – Proverbs 15:22 (NIV)

We can always learn excellence from those who already excel. As we develop in our calling, we can grow professionally through relationships with others in our field. In this way we not only represent Christ through our character, but through the high standards we uphold in our vocation (calling) as well.

Identity Roles – Empowered Servant

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We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. – Romans 12:6b (NIV)

Spiritual gifts enable us to serve in the church. They are given to us, but are not for us, but for God’s church. Only as we use them for God’s purposes will we experience their power. Listen as Jason elaborates on the gifts God is using in our lives.

Identity Roles – Steward of Resources

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Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
— Matt 6:19-21 (ESV)

Everything we are and have belongs to God. I am his creation and he wants me to live not as an owner but as a steward of the resources he provides. God has purposes for the ’stuff’ that is in our lives, but as stewards, not owners. Rather than treasure ‘stuff’, he wants us to treasure relationships, and use ’stuff’ to bless others (including those for whom we are responsible). Start today by asking yourself, “Which do I treasure more—‘stuff’ or people?”

Identity Roles – Minister of Compassion

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Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. — 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 (NIV)

The third level of Christian relationship and identity is in how God loves through us in powerful ways. We are called to serve the poor in our world. This can be poor economically, socially, relationally, or spiritually. As God has dealt mercifully with us, we can be ministers of compassion to those around us, giving them the comfort that God has given us.

Identity Roles – Ambassador/Friend (cont.)

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Read 1 Peter 3:13-16

Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect – 1 Peter 3:15b (NIV)

As we try to relate in love to everyone who crosses our path, we may nevertheless encounter resistance or hostility at times. The first thing to do is to check our attitude—are we acting and speaking with gentleness and respect? If so, then realize that they are rejecting God, not us, forgive them, and let God worry about their response. His Spirit can bring conviction and prepare their heart for their next encounter with you or another Christian.

Identity Roles – Ambassador/Friend

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We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20 (NIV)

The final piece of being in relational community as a Christian is loving all those outside of our fellowship, as ambassadors for Christ. Rather than engaging in relationships for what we can get from someone, we come to them as ambassadors of love, ambassadors of what God can do for them. As we overflow with God’s love, we will draw people into Christian community, where God’s Spirit will work change in their lives, and they will be reconciled to God, just as we are. What an awesome responsibility, and what a privilege!

Identity Roles – Mentee/Mentor

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Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. Proverbs 15:22 (NIV)

The Christian life is not meant to be lived alone, and Christian growth seldom occurs outside of relationships with other Christians used by God in our lives. Each of us needs a Paul (to grow us up in God), a Barnabas (to support and encourage us) and a Timothy (whom we can help to grow in Christ) in our lives. Listen to Jason’s examples of how God uses these relationships to bring us into maturity.

Identity Roles – Church Member (cont.)

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If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. – Matthew 18:15 (NIV)

Sooner or later, we will all sin against others, even others in the church. When someone in the church sins against us, our natural tendency is to push them away, to avoid them, to abandon that relationship. God’s way is for us to intentionally attempt to restore relationship, with gentleness and respect, with the least fuss possible, but with persistence, not giving up on them, just as God does not give up on us.

Identity Roles – Church Member

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They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. […]