“Personality is the characteristic mark of the inner, spiritual man, just as individuality is the characteristic of the outer, natural man. Our Lord can never be described in terms of individuality and independence, but only in terms of His total Person— “I and My Father are one” ( John 10:30 ). Personality merges, and you only reach your true identity once you are merged with another person. When love or the Spirit of God come upon a person, he is transformed. He will then no longer insist on maintaining his individuality.”
Dec. 12th – Oswald Chambers
Again Mr. Chambers’ words hit me with inspiration. No, this is not from today’s entry (that is on judgment), but after being at rehearsal last night, I found this passage to hit home. Last night, Jesus Walk was fun…15 people together with a common goal. You definitely saw each person’s personality…the clowns, the quiet, the 7 deadly sins (lol, jk). When that many people are together, God’s creativity really shows.
I love what Oswald write in the bold words above (I put them in bold of course). Our personalities are not revealed until we have contact with others. You can see that in babies and in adults. I saw this last night. Even though we were just rehearsing, God met with us last night. He anticipated (and maybe gathered a few “friends” around) and laughed with us as Jay got up from the pew only to find out his pants were wet (and no he did not wet himself….we don’t think). Yea, an embarrassing moment, but it just made things that much more entertaining for everyone. God revelled in the fact that we were all together for His glory!
Another part of this passage is to think of Jesus’ humanity in his personality. I love seeing different people’s interpretations of Christ. My favorite so far has to be K.P. Westmoreland’s (yea, I’m bias, but he is an amazing communicator). He brings out this confidence and presence that makes people stop what they’re doing and take notice. If Jesus would have been a loner, we would never know who he really was and see that his life was wrapped up in His love for His Father, and to make Him known.
So, I guess what I got out of rehearsal and this Chambers passage is that we need fellowship for a few reasons:
1) To figure out who we are
2) To figure out who others are
3) To figure out our relationship with God
If we do not allow ourselves to spend time with others and reveal ourselves to them (and vice versa), then we can never realize our full identity in Christ. Its that whole interconnectedness thing….I love it. I love that God reveals bits and pieces of Himself in those around us. Hope we all take notice of God today!
Peace for today…
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very good Kim…more encouragement that the whole “others” thing is really what it’s about. you just can’t go wrong with the Os Man.
Just a bit of encouragement for those days when you are wondering about your standards…keep them as high as possible, and trust me when I say God can meet you where you are. I just recently have been wondering about some of the standards I have made, but God has reassured me that He will be able to do immeasurably more than anything we can conceive in our own human minds. I know from what other people have told me it will be worth the wait.Also can you pray for my witness, and that a certain friend would have their heart softened and their eyes opened to truth…I think they aren’t completely grounded in truth.