When you hear the word Christian being used to describe someone, what is the first thing that comes to mind? I need to be honest, prior to beginning my walk with Christ, when I visualized a “Christian” it looked something like this:
An individual(s) going door to door asking if you have been saved. Those people who approach random people they see at the mall and ask them to follow Jesus. Those intolerant people who damn you for your sin and seemingly threaten you with hell if you do not follow Jesus today.
Oh my, I had NO desire to be one of “those people.” I fully admit, I had formed a stereotype in my head without
creditable any information to base it on. I made assumptions based on the attitudes and opinions of those around me, without gathering the facts.
Your Christian Personality
The reality: Some Christians are similar to the stereotype, but thankfully most are not. There are several different “personalities” when it comes to being Christian, which is a good thing in more ways than one.
When started going to Church regularly, and I began my journey, I took the time to do some proper research. I found out being a Christian and a follower of Christ has nothing to do with going door to door in the attempt to save people. I can honestly say I was relieved, running up to random people is not my style! More power to those Christians who can share their faith that way! You truly have a gift. But God did not make me that way, and He did it on purpose.
Each of us has a special function
4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.
Not every Christian can, or should, be the same. God did not intend us to be that way. If all of us were the hands of Christ we would get nowhere without the feet to take us there. If all of us were the voice of Christ, we could not act on the spoken words. All of us are special God’s eyes, each in our own way. I think that is why he made such a wide variety of us. What a waste it would be if all of mankind were the same!
We all belong to each other
Another part of this Scripture that stands out to me is in Verse 5 – “and we all belong to each other.” God does not intend for us to go through this life on our own. You can find this theme in all kinds of sayings and clichés: opposites attract, two peas in a pod, you complete me, two are better than one, the three amigos, etc. While I don’t think one person can “complete” another person, I do believe that God put people in our lives to balance each other out.
I have a fiery personality…I tend to be sensitive over-react, and do it quickly. I get anxious about things that are not a big deal, and I tend to be fussy about things. My husband on the other hand generally stays as cool as a cucumber in most situations. It takes a lot to get him mad, I know…I’ve tried.
I think God brought the two of us together because we balance each other out. I flip out, he stays calm. I yell and carry on, he is calm and collected. There are areas I help him out in too. He prefers to be a home body, I help him get out and socialize. It’s all about finding that healthy balance, sometimes we need help to do that.
God made each one of us with a special gift he wants us to use to spread his Word and share it with other people. Sometimes, and probably most of the time, we will need to work with fellow Christians to do this. I believe I have found the way he wants me to share the message of Jesus. Have you found yours?