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Know Your Role

It has never ceased to amaze me how incredibly breathtaking a pas de deux is…well, can be. If the roles of the danseur and ballerina are not clearly defined, what is meant to be an incredible feat of strength and beauty turns into a huge, potentially painful mess. Our relationship with God is a lot like a pas de deux. If we are not confident in the grace of our partner, Jesus, and that He is going to catch us after a huge leap of faith, our dancing may not be as powerful as it could be.

The struggle with whether to solely trust in the grace of God or solely operate in faith is ultimately an identity issue. As Andrew relates in his teaching Living in the Balance of Grace and Faith—

The body of Christ is basically divided into two groups: those who emphasize grace (God’s part) and those who emphasize faith (our part). One group preaches that everything is totally up to God. The other group teaches that there are many things that we must do. Both contend that the other group is totally wrong (p. v).

In ballet, this is like asking, “What is my role in this dance?” Another way to phrase this question is, “Who am I?”

When a ballerina is cast as a specific character in a ballet, she does not ask the director to make her what her role already is. Instead, her job is to learn how to become who she has been cast to play; she has a whole persona to learn. While dancers know they are roleplaying, Christians aren’t. However, many believers are still petitioning God to help them become something they already are by His grace. They want to be healed, have peace, be favored, be forgiven, and have blessings—when He already died to accomplish that 2,000 years ago. It is now their part to stretch, balance, and leap through faith as they function in their new role, the one they received the moment they accepted Jesus.

As Andrew mentions in the same teaching, “Grace is what God does for us independent of us” (p. 77). Grace is the persona we have been given in this dance. It is the role our Director gave us to operate in. “Faith reaches out and appropriates what God has already provided for us by grace” (p. 115). Faith is learning how to operate in the role God has already put us in—not only as the healed, favored, and prosperous but also as those who bring healing, favor, and prosperity. That is who we are and what we do.

Learn more about the role you’ve been cast in and how to “stay in character.” Check out Andrew’s Living in the Balance of Grace and Faith teaching. It’s available in many formats: CD series, DVD series, book, study guide, and television broadcast. If this teaching has encouraged you, please share below. You have an amazing role to play in this dance!

Reader Comments (9)

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August 10, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterhappy diwali 2015


Thank for the post. It encourage and inspired me to want to learn more of God's grace.

August 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEmmanuel

I am not a dancer, but do very much enjoy the art. Therefore this analogy spoke to my heart, and did help me understand the relationship of grace & faith. Thank you

August 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMichaljane

Great truths here. Thank you for the way you related it to dance.. so informative.

August 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Elijah Mukiibi

Very insightful. I learned alot from this. God bless you guys!

August 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMoses Lechelele

Sometimes I think I have to do , The truth is God does and always has always Willi, I need to accept His grace, it,s who He is, not anything I do, or could do.

August 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSherry Stasik

This article brought a leap into my spirit, as to say this my be my answer to a difficult relationship!!!

Also the dance relationship inspired me. Thanks!!

August 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAJ

A timely read and such a blessing for my study.

February 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAria Fisher

@Aria Fisher

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February 25, 2016 | Registered CommenterAria Fischer

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