Is Christianity Extroverted or Introverted?

I was chatting with a few close friends after church and a topic came up that I thought was worth bringing up here on the blog.

One of my sisters in Christ was saying that she used to think that to be a Christian she would have to change her bubbly out going personality and become sullen and introverted.

On the flip side my other friend told about a time when she told the Lord “I want to be a Christian woman but I don’t want to be all bubbly! That’s just not me.” Her idea was that to be a christian woman she had to be bubbly and have a big grin on her face all the time when her natural disposition is to be thoughtful and more reserved.

I told them what my husband shared with me that when he was in high school he thought that to please God he had to be up front at church raising his hands and how there was so much freedom in realizing he could be his reserved, introverted, deep thinking, Bible studying self and be pleasing to God.

I decided to sit down and look up some specific verses that would counter this idea that following Jesus requires a certain personality type. The first verse that came to mind was the Lord showing showing Samuel who the future king of Israel would be. God told Samuel not to focus on the outward appearance of Jesse’s son because,

1 Samuel 16:7 …”for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.”

I started to think about the many diverse people in the Bible and how they expressed themselves differently.

Jesus prayed alone in the wilderness

David danced in the street

Solomon built the temple

The woman with the alabaster box worship amidst a flood of tears

Mary sat and listened to Jesus teach

Abraham went walking at night and talked to God under the stars

Joshua fell prostrate on his face

The Levites played instruments

Paul and Silas sang

I looked around on line to see what others were saying about this topic and saw on several different blogs people pointing out John chapter 21. Jesus was walking with Peter after his resurrection. Jesus had just finished telling Peter that he would die a martyr’s death. Peter sees John and says to Jesus, “Lord, and what shall this man do? Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee?” (John 21: 21-22)

The Lord had a plan for Peter and Peter needed reminding not to worry about what others were doing but to focus on what God had called him to do.

My last thought but certainly not least is how often the Bible talks about diversity within the body of Christ and how each of us are given unique gifts to serve others and glorify God.

1 Corinthians 12:4-6King James Version (KJV)

Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.

And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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