Sunday, December 12, 2004

Personality


Jesus Prays for All Believers

20“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: 23I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”

Have you ever notice how focused the “world” is on celebrity, which I believe has somehow become linked to what is termed or defined as personality:

per·son·al·i·ty (pûr s -n l -t )n. pl. per·son·al·i·ties

The quality or condition of being a person.

The totality of qualities and traits, as of character or behavior, that are peculiar to a specific person.

The pattern of collective character, behavioral, temperamental, emotional, and mental traits of a person: Though their personalities differed, they got along as friends.

Distinctive qualities of a person, especially those distinguishing personal characteristics that make one socially appealing: won the election more on personality than on capability.
See Synonyms at disposition.

A person as the embodiment of distinctive traits of mind and behavior.

A person of prominence or notoriety: television personalities.

After all, we believe, they’re famous, so they must have it “all together.” We assume that they exude personality, and hence we elevate them to places they have no business being:

It’s interesting. The “role models” being used today are actually the antithesis of what we should be emulating.

Oswald Chambers saw this exactly right, using one part of the extended passage in John 17. His December 12th snapshot and insights from “Devotions for Morning and Evening.” follow:


Personality


“that they may be one, even as we are one (John 17:22)

Personality is that peculiar, incalculable thing that is meant when we speak of ourselves as distinct from everyone else. Our personality is always too big for us to grasp. An island in the sea may be but the top of a great mountain. Personality is like an island, we know nothing about the great depths underneath, consequently we cannot estimate ourselves. We begin by thinking that we can, but we come to realize there is only one Being Who can understand us, and that is our Creator.

Personality is that characteristic of the spiritual man as individuality is the characteristic of the natural man. Our Lord can never be defined in terms of individuality and independence, but only in terms of personality. “I and My Father are one.” Personality merges, and you only reach your real identity when you are merged with another person. When love, or the Spirit of God strikes a man he is transformed, he no longer insists upon his separate individuality. Our Lord never spoke in terms of individuality, of a man’s “elbows” or his isolated position, but in terms of personality – “that they may be one, even as We are one.” If you give up your right to yourself to God, the real nature of your personality answers to God straight away. Jesus Christ emancipates the personality, and the individuality is transfigured; the transfiguring element is love, personal devotion to Jesus. Love is the outpouring of one’s personality in fellowship with another personality.”

1 comment:

Guy said...

Once again, Chambers has captured the essence of what our Lord would have us learn.

Thanks, Phil.