I recently published a post on Louise and her introversion. I’m so thankful for friends and fellow bloggers who push me beyond blogging about fictional characters to discussing eternal truths.
I got talking with one dear friend in the comments who said – to paraphrase – that labels such as “introvert” and “extrovert” can hold us back from living God’s design.
I think that’s sooo true. I’m an introvert. Being introverted (or for that matter being extroverted!) isn’t innately sinful; it’s a display of the diverse and intricate ways in which the Lord created us. But with each aspect of our personalities come various tendencies, some of which are harmless and some of which are sinful.
The Introvert might neglect to share the gospel. The Extrovert might neglect the “quiet” or “devotional” aspect of knowing the Lord.
We can either recognize our problem or insist, “It’s because I’m an introvert; that’s how God made me.”
I want to emphasize again that yes, the Lord totally made us each unique and that’s a glorious thing! But everything that smacks of sin – even if it overlaps with personality or seems to be because of it – is a result of the fall and we ought to flee from it!
In my dialogue with my friend, this verse came to mind:
For the one who was a slave when called to faith in the Lord is the Lord’s freed person; similarly, the one who was free when called is Christ’s slave.
-1 Corinthians 7:22
As a tribute to the context of this verse, Paul was addressing a question in the Corinthian Church: whether or not slaves (literal slaves) should seek freedom after coming to faith in Christ. (Count this as a teaser and read the surrounding verses if you’re curious about the answer.)
You may wonder what this has to do with anything. I would venture to say that there’s a broader truth represented in this text.
Satan would like to take and use any status or condition he can as a tool to make us fall. See how he did it with the slaves. He would have them feel woeful and sorrowful about their status of slavery so that they doubt the sufficiency of Christ to reach even them. Or maybe he would have them be dissatisfied with their quality of life and idolize freedom.
But slavery was not the issue because Satan had a different technique for the free. He would have the free believer feel proud and entitled to salvation. Or perhaps he would have the free person feel superior and refuse to associate with enslaved brothers and sisters.
Back to the subject at hand
Likewise, Satan likes to use Introversion and Extroversion to present temptations in our lives that are tailored just for us – and to cause us to fall for them by telling us that it’s only a question of personality.
But the Lord is victorious in the lives of those He has called to faith. The slave, in Christ, is Christ’s freed person. The freed person, in Christ, is Christ’s slave.
The Extrovert, in Christ, recognizes their need to spend time sitting quietly at The Lord’s feet.
The Introvert, in Christ, steps out of their comfort zone, engages with others and shares the gospel.
The key phrase is “in Christ.” That’s where the transformation happened that brought us from death to life and it’s in that name that Introverts draw strength to step out for the sake of He who died for us.
- Do you face the struggles of an introvert or of an extrovert?
- Have you already discovered the power of Christ’s transforming work? Do you have a testimony to tell?
- Discuss James 1:9-10 and Proverbs 30:7-9
- Are you thankful for friends who encourage you to be eternity-minded? Share your gratitude and let’s be thankful together!