“Come, follow me . . . unless you are shy and quiet.”
“You will be my witnesses . . . unless you are an organized planner.”
“Go and make disciples of all nations . . . unless you are loud and opinionated.”
Jesus, thankfully, did not make any of these statements. But sometimes we act as if he did. We develop a picture of what a good “Christian personality” is like—and, often, it’s a pretty exclusive definition. In fact, we may even feel like it excludes us!
But our God who dreamed up peacocks, glass frogs, and piglet squid is not in the business of crafting a dull, one-size-fits-all Creation. He didn’t intend us all to have a single temperament; his body, the church, is made up of many parts . . . and many God-given personality traits.
Consider the unique and diverse personalities we see in Scripture:
• Moses preferred to stay behind the scenes and balked at the idea of public speaking.
• John thought like an artist, weaving poetry and word play into his Gospel and letters.
• Deborah led naturally and charismatically, inspiring confidence in others.
• Paul was a logician, skilled at crafting arguments and public speaking.
• Mary, the mother of Jesus, processed life events through quiet, reflective pondering.
• Elizabeth was an enthusiastic encourager.1
What If Moses Took the Myers-Briggs?
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