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Living Or Representing The Part
10/29/2014

“But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?  Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock.  But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.” Luke 6:46-49 (NKJV)

As I was traveling recently, I passed a car with a sticker on the back window that read, “Living the Part.”  I immediately recognized the phrase, as it is a phrase that describes a technique that actors use for immersing themselves into the role of the character they will be playing within a play or movie.   The thought being, they no longer experience any real distinction between who they are and the character they will be portraying.  In essence, the actor has simply created himself to be a new person, which is derived from a combination of the actors’ personality and the role he or she will be playing.  

There is a secondary technique that is similar to “Living the Part,” and it is called, “Representing the Part,” or as it is also known, “The Art of Representation.”   In this technique the actor still lives the part, but only during their time of rehearsal.  Once rehearsal is finished he or she no longer lives in the role, but reverts back to who they actually are in real life

As I thought about these phrases and the two different techniques used to help act out the role, I began to see a correlation to those who profess to follow Jesus Christ.  Let me explain.  

When we give our lives to the Lord we actually become a new person in Christ Jesus (2 Cor. 5:17).  The problem we face is that our old nature still wants to do what it has always done—that old nature being the old man of our flesh.  If we are going to be successful in walking in newness of life, then we are going to have to study what it truly means to be Christ-like—after all, He is the One we are to be imitating (Eph. 5:1).  We must be fully immersed in His word—believing it, trusting it, and abiding in it—we must live the role of the Christian life. 

If we do this consistently and make it our whole hearts desire, then there shouldn’t be any distinct difference in who we truly are in Christ and in the way we live.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Cor. 5:17 (NKJV)

Now as much as we are to be representatives of Jesus Christ in everything we do, I think there can be a complete breakdown in our Christian walk if we don’t truly immerse ourselves into Christ, but choose instead to simply “rehearse” what it means to be a Christian in a church service, or Bible study, and then disconnect from that appointed role and choose to return to who we really are in the flesh—the old man.  If we find ourselves doing this, we will usually find ourselves “playing the role of a Christian,” when the time comes to play this part, but we won’t really be living as Christ, and we will actually be misrepresenting Him.

But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness Eph. 4:20-24 (NKJV).

I believe God’s word clearly teaches we cannot try to serve two masters, because we will either hate the one and love the other, or else we will be loyal to the one and despise the other (Matt. 6:24).  We cannot serve the things of this world, or our flesh, but must instead serve God alone.  When we truly make God our everything and surrender our every will to Him, then we will truly live the role of a Christian, and it won’t be acting. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Scriptures in this devotional, what can we learn about living the role of a Christian?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you living Christ, or are you being tempted to simply rehearse the role and return to living in the flesh?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s choose to become a new person in our mind, spirit, and in how we choose to live.

LET THIS BE YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for Your word, and for the truth contained within it.  Help me to know You better and to see every area within my life where I need to change and imitate You.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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