I have been likened to George Washington, Mike Wallace and Vince Lombardi. I have also been told I resemble Joseph in the Bible. You could also characterize me as being a lion. I am an activist, caregiver, naturalist and sensate. After taking a test I was told I was ESTJ (extroverted, sensing, thinking and judging). Where am I going with this, what does this have to do with anything?
Psalm 139:113-16 – For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
As reflected in this passage I believe God created each one of us uniquely and only he knows the specifics. He didn’t make a mistake when he created us and I would be bold to say anything God makes should never be considered garbage. Look around and take a look at the beauty all around. Now go take a look in the mirror, you are truly an amazing work of the master craftsman.
In creating us he designed us all with gifts, if you want to read more about our gifting I suggest reading 1 Corinthians 12. In these passages of scripture it talks about the gifts he has placed in us. Our purpose is to take these gifts and use them to bring him glory.
I also believe in creating us differently we relate back to God in different ways. I love taking various kinds of personality tests. As a supervisor at work, leader in church and working with different groups of people it fascinates me how putting people together, the dynamics play out in that. When you put a group of folks together you never know what is going to happen. Sometimes everyone clicks and things go smoothly, other times folks don’t jive and it can be difficult to work together. Personality tests are a great tool to use in understanding and relating to one another.
A few years back I went through leadership training at church and we went through a session on discovering your spiritual temperaments. As I went through the class it helped me understand more of how I was wired and how God has designed me. For years I had been told just read your Bible and pray and you will connect with God. Maybe I wasn’t going about it correctly, but I felt like it was forced and didn’t come naturally. Through this class I discovered I best connect with God when I was outdoors. Since I was a boy growing up out in the country I always loved looking around and marveling at God’s creation. I have always had deeper and significant God experiences when I am outdoors. Taking this class helped me see that while I can grow and develop and incorporate other aspects into my life, there are very clear ways I draw nearer to him.
Here are the examples:
Activist – Loving God through confrontation with evil
Ascetic – Loving God through solitude and simplicity
Caregiver – Loving God through serving others
Contemplative – Loving God through adoration
Enthusiast – Loving God through mystery and Celebration
Intellectual – Loving God through the Mind
Naturalist – Loving God through experiencing him in nature
Sensate – Loving God through the senses
Traditionalist – Living God through ritual and symbol
So what about you – where would you fall under these categories and if you have taken a personality test, what were you told about yourself?