I am a BIG fan of personality tests. There’s something about completing the questions to then be presented with an (almost) perfect description of who you are and the way you tick, that just makes you feel understood.
On the Myers-Briggs, I’m an ENFJ (The Protagonist) and on the Enneagram, I’m a Type 3 (The Achiever), so there’s something especially about the way I’m wired that likes to be reminded of what I’m good at. On the flip side, personality tests also highlight what you’re NOT so good at – and while that part isn’t so fun to read, it is a helpful tool that helps you to become aware of blindspots that you maybe didn’t know about.
When I get to know people, I really like to find out their personality type (I often get people to take a test if they come over for dinner!) – mostly because I’m nosey – but also because it helps me to understand them better.
However, one thing I’ve realised in myself since discovering these personality tests, is that I can easily use their results to define or even limit how I see myself and what I can do.
For example, because of the way I’m wired, I find it extremely difficult to switch off and engage in genuine, soul-filling rest.
Because I know (thanks to the Enneagram) that’s the way my personality works, I sometimes find myself justifying that trait – “that’s just the way I am” – rather than seeking to step beyond it and into a fuller experience of what God has for me in that area.
No matter who you are or how you’re wired, I’m sure there are things we count ourselves OUT of because it doesn’t fit inside the box of “who we are” or “how we tick”.
But as Christians, we have something much greater than a personality type to identify ourselves with: Christ himself.
Galatians 2:20 “ I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
While God intimately knows and deeply loves who we are right now (whatever personality type, life-experience, gifting, calling, wiring we might have), He’s greatly invested in who we’re becoming – so much so that He gave himself for us.
Recently, I’ve felt God once again calling me out of the limits of my own wiring, efforts and strength, to step into the fullness of life He has for me – choosing to identify with Christ over anything else. Christ now lives in me. Therefore I don’t have to live in the confines of my own box, but I can step boldly forward into the fullness of all He has for me.
I’d love to encourage you to do the same.
Written by Kat Harding (Hope City Sunderland) as part of the SHE IS Collective Blog Series