Equipped to Serve

I love learning more about myself and those around me through personality assessments. As I'm sure you know, there are quite a few different personality typing systems out there. There is, of course, the Zodiac Sign system, which tries to classify you based on the time of year that you're born (I'm a Taurus, which means I'm smart, ambitious, and trustworthy). The Myers-Briggs is probably one of the best known personality typing system out there. It takes into account four different aspects of personality, coming up with sixteen distinct personality types. I'm an Advocate, or INFJ, meaning I'm introverted, intuitive, feeling, and judging. Check out 16 Personalities for more information and to take an assessment for yourself. Another very popular system is the Enneagram. I have learned more about this one more recently and discovered that I am a Type 4, The Romantic. Apparently I'm creative, sensitive, and moody, and motivated by a need to be unique and understood. To find out which type you are, check out Explore Your Type.

The more I learn about personalities and how unique God has made each one of us, the more I marvel at how we all work together by carrying out distinct roles. Paul used the analogy of a body as he tried to describe the church. To the church in Corinth he said, "But now indeed there are many members, yet one body" (1 Corinthians 12:20). We are each unique, yet we each have a specific role God has equipped us to fill. We should look at our various personalities as the tool belt that God has given us and find ways to serve Him the way that He designed. How has God specifically equipped you to serve Him and the world around you?