You're Not So Weird
We've been working through the forty days of MADE and today we are talking about our unique personality. Every person in this room is unique. Every one of you has your own unique personality. Our uniqueness is really quite amazing. Scientists tell us that our inherited qualities come from our DNA molecules. A DNA molecule can actually unite in an almost infinite number of ways. In fact, the chances that there is another human being with the same DNA molecules that would create a being just like you, the chances of that happening are ten and two billion, four hundred million zeros after it. To put that in perspective, all the particles in the known universe, scientists say, could be captured in ten with seventy-six zeros after it. When we talk about the fact that God has crafted us uniquely, that's not just a theological statement, that's a scientific fact. We are absolutely unique creations of God. We've been talking over the last couple weeks about our shape. Our shape refers to S: spiritual gifts, H: our heart, A: our abilities, P: our personality, and E: our experiences. You put all of those things together and you get this unique creation that God has made. As you put all of them together you discover where you fit in serving other people and in touching their lives.
Today we are talking about the fourth characteristic, our personality. Personality refers to how you think, how you feel, and how you react. Personality is both inherited, we're born at some level with our personality, and some of our personality is learned and developed over time. Personality is a big factor in how we serve and what we'll be good at in serving. It's an amazing gift from God. It influences everything. Everything we do is touched at some level by our personality. The people we like, the people we don't really like, the things we think are funny, the things that we don't think are funny, the people we get along with at work, the people that we don't, the way our marriages go, the way we deal with conflict, the way we deal with change. All of that is connected back to our personality. When we say you have personality in God's economy that's a statement of absolute truth. Whether your personality is great or kind of dull, it's a gift from God. There are no good or bad personalities. There's no better or best. Our challenge is to tap into our own unique personality allowing God to use it for His glory and others good. We get a picture of how this works in 1 Corinthians 12:12-26.