Personality Tests and Growing in Christ

Last summer, as I pulled into the driveway of yet another potential house (with the burden of finding a home resting on my not-so-broad shoulders) I had this stream-of-consciousness “discussion” with God.

“God, I really just don’t know if I like this or not. I mean, this house hunting is kind of a fun adventure, but I really think I prefer the quiet pace of normal life a lot better. And really, I’d much prefer to have Joshua here and, You know, just be his chief advisor. This just seems a bit too adventurous for me, don’t You think? I just can’t figure out if I’m the kind of person that likes this kind of thing or not.”

[Feel free to laugh]

In the middle of this stream-of-consciousness rambleGod quieted my silly heart with the truth that it doesn’t really matter if I’m “the kind of person” that likes this kind of adventure.

If this is the adventure that lies in my path, then I need to ask God’s grace to face it wisely, with joy, whether or not it jives with my personality.

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Personality tests are incredibly popular these days and come in every shape and color.

Personality tests are used in hiring and recruiting. They are used for academic research. On an individual level, some people use them for determining careers, shaping identity, and even choosing a spouse.

Learning about different personalities is a fascinating way to understand your husband, children, friends and yourself better. Personality tests are a wonderful tool, as long as we’re careful not to let them control us.

If you get too caught up in defining personalities, it’s easy to try to cram yourself (or someone else) into a box. It is easy to shrug off sin because “well, that’s just the way I am.” It is easy to put a stamp of approval on certain personalities and look down on others. It is easy to whine and complain because “I’m not like ____.”

And that’s just plain wrong.

Personality is a good thing. The good and lovely parts of the many varying personalities are reflections of the ultimate Person: Christ.

But our goal shouldn’t be to become more Type A or Type B, more sanguine or more choleric, or more like the “hand” or the “mouth.” Our goal should be to become more like Jesus and to “attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” (Eph. 4:13)

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  1. says

    Great post, Anna. 🙂 It is really easy to excuse yourself from doing things because you just aren’t “that type.” 🙂 Thanks for the reminder that it is Christ who is our Pattern, not some book of personalities.

  2. says

    Very good post! People try so hard to define themselves all the while avoiding looking to their Creator. Great reminder here! Thanks. Love, Rachael @ Inking the Heart

  3. says

    Great post. Amber and I have been looking for houses over the past few months and have marveled at the fact that you had to find and buy a house on a one-week timeline! Maybe we can hire you to find a house for us? 😉

    • anna says

      Maybe if you know you can’t see Amber again until you have an offer in on a house, you’ll find one more quickly. 😉

      Seriously though, we were SO blessed! I can’t imagine what we would have done had it been weeks or months before we found a house. God was very good to us!

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