SPF 116: Pupose-Full & Personality - Idenity Part 2

What is purpose-full living? Is their really meaning in a regular day doing regular things? What about our personalities? Do they define our identity? I’m answering these questions and more on today’s podcast. This is part 2 in a 2 part series. 

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Who am I = Who is my god?

In the book You Who, Rachel points out that when the world is asking the question, “Who am I?” they are really asking the question “who is my god?” Who is the one who has authority in my life and who am I supposed to worship?

At the base of identity talks - we need to know who is our God.

Psalm 100:3

“Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.”

Purpose-FULL

Throughout Scripture it is clear that a primary purpose of a Christian is to obey God because it brings glory to God as our creator and Master. And there we have joy!

We can obey because God changes our hearts. Jesus Christ rose form the dead therefore we can live these fruitful faithful lives unto God.

There is glory as Rachel says, “when regular Christians, obey Christ in a regular way, doing regular things, in regular time, with regular skills and abilities. but this thought often comes to mind “this may all be fine but surely there must be more.”

The truth is we can equal regular with MEANINGFUL - with purpose-FULL!

1 Cor 15:58

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

Rachel says, “No obedience to the Lord will ever go out into the void to continue useless into eternity.”

Isn’t that a good reminder to be steadfast - that no act of obedience to the Lord is useless or meaningless.

There is purpose in the regular day. We can find contentment with the seeds God gives us to sow for that days work even if it feels so regular.

“The Christian embraces every small opportunity to small obedience. Why is that? Because we serve the God who makes the small things great. Our small things, given to Him, will be great. You can trust Him for that.” Rachel Jankovic

Personality

There are a few red flags when it comes to personality:

First, we need to be cautious when we label something as a weakness or not my personality, but Scripture has commanded us to do this thing or not do this thing.

Second, whatever our personality are they are to be given back to the Lord.

Romans 12:1-3

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Rachel writes that “our personalities are something that God gave us so that we would have something to be on the alter and offer to Him. 

Rachel writes, “We are naturally full of instincts and desires that are contrary to what God wants us doing. That means that those things are something to obey with, not something to obey around.”

Whether we have the gifting or personality or not, we are still called to obey and give it at sacrifice to God. These are kindling on the fire of God’s alter. 

The big takeaway here is that we are not being defined or REFINED by our personality types. Our personality isn’t what is grooming and shaping us to be who were are meant to be. Abiding in Christ is our call and that is shaping us into Christ-likeness.

Resources

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For great sermons and teachings go to ligonier.org or renewingyourmind.org

You Who by Rachel Jankovic