God Shaped Personality

Dear Church Family and Friends,

Today we are going to talk about the personality that God has shaped for us.  We all are familiar with the word “personality,” but might have some difficult defining it.  Personality is made up of the characteristic patterns of a person’s mind, will and emotions that make that person unique.  Our personality is the reflection of our soul – it is the eternal part of us.

How is a Christian personality different than a non-Christian personality?  First of all, Christians experience a transformation of their personalities when they receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.  We are changed by the Living Word (Jesus) and the written Word (the Bible).  Secondly, Christians’ personalities are changed by the influence of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit becomes our conscience.  The fruit of the Spirit help us to grow mature in Christ.  The gifts of the Spirit help us to minister in the name of Christ.  The presence of the Spirit guides us and helps us persevere as we serve Christ.  Thirdly, Christians’ personalities are changed by their loving relationship with their heavenly Father which features many life-changing moments including forgiveness from the eternal penalty of their sins, and their adoption as sons and daughters of Almighty God.

What happens when we try to serve the LORD in a way that conflicts with our personality?  Usually, we feel uncomfortable, and it takes extra effort.  Sometimes even with extra effort, we do a less than wonderful job when we do a ministry that conflicts with our personality.  We must try to match our personality and our ministry.

Remember that God has shaped your personality.  Some of your personality is influenced by your genetic structure that God has ordained for you.  Some of your personality is influenced by events that God either provided or allowed for you.  The Holy Spirit has transformed your personality in a number of ways.  In all this, God has shaped your personality for you to make disciples.  Be yourself as you serve the LORD according to how He has shaped you.

May God bless you.

Pastor George