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You’ve Got Personality in the Person of Jesus




by Kevin Watson



A recent fad is to take personality tests on Web sites. You have seen them. They usually offer to tell you “What kind of fill in the blank are you?” People succumb to “confirmation bias,” which is “the tendency to remember or notice information that fits one’s expectations, while forgetting or ignoring discrepancies.”1 We don’t need to find out who we are by answering these questions on Web sites. We also don’t need to be limited by astrology signs and fortune cookies or what others think about us. 

You may take some personality test to find out what traits they say you have. But honestly, these things are just distracting and limiting us from our potential in Jesus. Did you know that Jesus can rewrite your script? Did you know that God has the power to reprogram you?

Many people love online pseudopsychology/personality tests because they tend to be flattering. Horoscopes and fortune-tellers work the same way. It is called the “Barnum Effect.” The “Barnum Effect” comes from the words of the famous circus promoter P. T. Barnum, who said, “Always have a little something for everyone,” and “There’s a sucker born every minute.”2 Falling for these things gives us a false perception about ourselves.

We get compartmentalized when we rely on these things to tell us who we are. We get fitted into something that we can never outgrow. “This is how you are.” I can never accept that. I can’t be categorized and thrown into a box. We do too much of that to people all the time. We write out in our minds who people are and never enable them to go beyond those points. An example of this would be telling people in the ghetto that they have no hope and can never get out.

With our words and lack of expectations in people, we can actually suppress others from succeeding in life. We hold people back by telling them what they can’t be or by telling them what they will always be.

We know the Bible tells us in Romans 3:23 that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (NIV).3 So we know we are sinners. But Romans 6:1, 2 says, “What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?” (NIV). God tells us we don’t have to stay where we are.

Jesus is not limited by our imaginations. He is not limited to our categories and our expectations. Jesus says to us that we can do all things through Him (Philippians 4:13). Also in 2 Corinthians 5:17, Paul wrote: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (NKJV).4 If you do not believe this, then you probably don’t believe that you can be truly forgiven by God. If you don’t believe this, you probably think God still holds your past over your head.

I know, personally, that God has rewritten some aspects of my life and my mindset. There are some other areas I would like to give to Him, but I seem to not let Him have those areas. I know that He has changed some things in me, and I hope to be able to provide Him other areas of who I am so that I can live even fuller in His grasp.

When Jesus comes to live in our lives, we can be made new, made whole, and made complete. But as long as we continue to look elsewhere for our purpose and for explanation of who we are, we will never find our great potential in Him: the Creator and Re-creator of life. 

1 Dennis Coon and John O. Mitterer, Introduction to Psychology: Gateways to Mind and Behavior. 14th ed. (Boston, Mass.: Cengage Learning, 2016), p. 21. Accessed on February 11, 2015, from https://books.google.com/books?id=-4jCBAAAQBAJ&lpg=PR17&ots=exYU4BK4aj&dq=Introduction%20to%20Psychology%3A%20Gateways%20to%20Mind%20and%20Behavior&pg=PP1#v=onepage&q=confirmation%20bias&f=false. 2 Accessed on February 11, 2015, from www.wiley.com/college/psyc/huffman249327/resources/links/pseudo.html#barnum. 3 Texts credited to NIV are from the Holy Bible, New International Version. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. 4 Texts credited to NKJV are from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1979, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Kevin Watson loves working with youth and being a part of the body of Christ. He is a marketing professional seasoned in graphic design and social media. This was reprinted from an original May 30, 2014, post on his blog Uninvited Thoughts from Kev at itskev.com.





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