INTJ – Find Out What it Means to Me?
By Kris Robinson
God’s Promise of Blessing – Genesis 12:2-3 (NIV)
“I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you;
I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
‘INTJ’, you know! ‘INTJ’-me please. No, no; it’s not some fancy Tweater, Snaptalk, Aretha song or what-have-you of this coming technological age. ‘INTJ’ is my personality type; specifically my Myers-Briggs personality type, for which I fall into the 1-2% rarity category. It goes like this (Introvert/iNtuition/Thinking/Judging) and says that I basically am the Tin-Man; “If I only had a heart!” To really define my Tin-man-like personality, I turn to 16Personalities.com:
“Possessing intellect and strategic thinking that allow them to overcome many challenging obstacles, INTJs have the ability to both develop and implement a plan for everything, including their own personal growth. However, INTJs can be easily tripped up in areas where careful and rational thinking is more of a liability than an asset. Whether it is finding (or keeping) a partner, making friends, reaching dazzling heights on the career ladder or adapting to the unpredictable, INTJs need to put in a conscious effort to develop their weaker traits and additional skills.” (16categories.com)
Relatively, my results regarding a Spirituals Gifts test were lacking in the ‘compassion’ category; no surprise, right? As a result, I’ve been talking with God to help me be more relational, or just relational for that matter. He’s brought across my path some wonderful resources and things that I can put into practice:
- Organic Outreach – Kevin Harney
- Equip – John Maxwell
- We Saved You a Seat, Feed the People at Your Table – Lisa-Jo Baker
Purposefully, I turn to the exert from Lisa-Jo Baker’s small group study, We Saved You a Seat, to share with you the ‘conscious effort’ that my Tin-man-like personality relates to:
Lisa-Jo Baker says, “I WANT MY DINING ROOM TABLE & FRONT DOOR TO BE THE BOSSES! We are everyday ministers of the Gospel – ministry that takes place every single day outside the spotlight; that’s where we will actually make our names:
- A name for being the place where neighbor kids feel welcome when they show up unannounced
- A name for opening the door even when it’s inconvenient
- A name for making time, giving time, and being available
Because the dining room table is doing its best work when it’s messy and has sticky streaks and an extra bench added down one side because we are focusing on the seat next to us instead of making the mistake of ignoring the people right in front of us. Our open front doors, sometimes nearly bare refrigerators and sticky dining room tables will be places we literally practice what we preach – because this is what those are made for!
Really, it’s those I know best – the most familiar and sometimes the most irritating – I most take for granted, who are the most holy representatives of God with us, Immanuel. Stop using the excuse: ‘I’m not always that good at making this obvious connection because I get irritated and tired and I like my own personal space.’ I’m the only one that can do this because this is my house and yard and I’ve been given this little plot in God’s kingdom to be a steward of. If I can’t pull out a welcoming chair at my very own dining room table, what business do I have opening a Bible, book or message anywhere else?”
Additionally, I’ve been in the book of Genesis lately, and have been focusing on Abraham’s life the past few weeks. Dr. Basil Atkinson says this about Gen. 12:2-3 that, “We notice that in his call to obedience Abraham was both blessed himself and made a blessing to others; this is true of every Christian! No one can be blessed without being made a channel of blessing to others, and no one can be a blessing to others without being blessed himself.” (You might want to read again?) What I hear Dr. Atkinson saying is that when we accept Christ, we’re blessed beyond compare; however, it doesn’t stop there. We also have a choice to make; to share the blessing of Christ with others. Only then, will we really start to understand God’s blessing. And so, I cannot help but wonder; “am I being the blessing unto others that really defines who I am in Christ?”
Referencing one of John Maxwell’s favorite passages for relationships (Philippians 2:1-8); Maxwell says that Paul asks us a series of connecting questions, of which we should answer:
- Have you gotten anything at all out of following Christ?
- Has His love made a difference in your life?
- Does being in a community of the Spirit mean anything to you?
- Do you have a heart?
- Do you care?
If you answered ‘yes’ to a majority of these, then do me a favor and answer these…
- How can we be a blessing to those in our lives; like friends and family for instance?
- How can we develop strong relationships; where we agree with each other, love each other and are deep-spirited friends?
- Put Others First & Serve Them – The High Road Principle: We go to a higher lever when we treat others better than they treat us.
- Consider what God has given to you and what He may be asking you to give up for His purpose?
Abraham, very missionary-like gave up everything in obedience to God; why can’t I? Now, I don’t think that necessarily means becoming a missionary in a foreign country, but it could mean becoming one within my county (which is bigger than Terre Haute; who knew?), city, community and even church. It’s just a matter of belief and obedience; I CAN do this!
Kris Robinson is an Assistant Pastor at Free Life Community Church in Terre Haute, Indiana.