“Dad! Honey pooped on the rug again!”
My daughter rolled her eyes as she cleaned up her dog’s mess on the rug. “I don’t know what is going on with her, she’s been acting very strangely recently.”
I nodded. “It’s probably me, sweetheart. She gets anxious around me and other men. Even if she doesn’t see me, she can hear or smell me and she is afraid, and when this happens, she responds in the only way she knows how. This is who she is.”
My daughter reluctantly agreed and cleaned up the mess. As I left her, I reflected upon my own behavior. I have taken many personality tests, all confirming the traits I have always suspected about myself. It is remarkable, that with only a few screening questions, how accurate these tests are, even predicting how I will respond to stressful situations. It is no different than my daughter’s dog, I lamented.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way…
Isaiah 53:6 (ESV)
In spite of the insistence of mainstream science that we are the epitome of a successful outcome of evolution, superior to all other animal species, we are still animals. Jesus often likens man to sheep, predictably wandering off into dangerous situations, even when we should know better. Like sheep, we need a shepherd, a protector who will guide, direct, and protect us, but unlike sheep, we do not behave purely by instincts, we have the ability to consciously choose our shepherd and break free of the hideous chains of sin and instinctual behavior.
For years, I accepted the results of these personality profiles, resigning myself to this is how I was born, it is programmed in my genes. It is true that we all inherit certain tendencies to personality types, but these are not immutable. I learned that when I confessed and repented of my sins and accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. For the first time, I began to see a different, better way of responding to situations, acting in a way that did not immediately answer to my base instincts but instead, slowly transformed and conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. My personality was changing because I was willing to be led by the Great Shepherd, Jesus Christ, instead of following my sheep-like tendencies.
That’s who I was and with Jesus Christ, this is who I hope to become.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.