Monday, October 8, 2012

Why Your Personality Matters to Jesus

Surely you desire truth in the inner parts.
—Ps 51:6 NIV

The sun has arced to its highest point in the desert sky as the wind sculpts patterns in the sand, which is all the eye can see in any direction, save for a white-robed man seated by the edge of an ancient well, and a Samaritan woman standing nearby, a water jug by her side. 

She is asking questions. And giving replies.

Surface replies, that bat away insight. Openness. Transparency.

The man persists.

Still there is avoidance. Refusal to go deeper.

Again, he persists, now with home truths about this woman.

Truths that shock. Truths about her real self.

Her response?

Not defensiveness. Not resistance.

But honesty.

And surrender.

To the Son of God.

“Come,” the Samaritan woman entreats the townspeople, “come, see a man who told me everything I ever did” (Jn 4:29 NIV).

Come, invites Jesus. Open yourself to me. Your interior self. Your personality and behavior. Your person-hood matters to me

Why is that, Lord? Why is my personality important?

Knowing the truth about your inner self allows you to “do what is true” Jesus says. This self-knowledge will set you free so that you can better love God and others as you love yourself (Mk 12:30-31).

As you examine and refine thoughts and actions, behavior and feelings, you develop the loving connection God desires with you. And build satisfying relationships with other people that flourish, and do no harm. For “there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile” (Mk 7:14). Only when you take action concerning the truth about your inner self can you “come to the light” (Jn 3:21).

What sort of action, Lord? How do I grow in the ability to love you and other people as I love myself?

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