I recently began reading the classic, My Utmost For His Highest, by Oswald Chambers. Today’s selection struck me, and so I will share it with you. Chamber’s writes:
“Personality is the unique, limitless part of our life that makes us distinct from everyone else. It is too vast for us even to comprehend. An island in the sea might just be the top of a large mountain, and our personality is like that island. We don’t know the depths of our being, therefore we cannot measure ourselves. We start out thinking we can, but soon we realize that there is really only one Being who fully understands us, and that is our creator.”
Chambers goes on to say that,
“Personality is the characteristic mark of the inner, spiritual man, just as individuality is the characteristic mark of the outer, natural man…Personality merges, and you only reach your true identity once you are merged with another person. When love or the Spirit of God came upon a person, he is transformed…Once your rights to yourself are surrendered to God, you true personal nature begins responding to God immediately. Jesus Christ brings freedom to your total person, and even your individuality is transformed. Transformation is brought about by love…”
I am being challenged to quit looking at an others personality as something that needs to be changed, rather, I am being lead to remember that it is my own personality, character and transformation I should be worried about.
So may I remember to pursue Freedom in Christ at all Costs…and may I remember that True Freedom comes only from our Savior. The Christ. The reason for this whole Upside-Down worldview we hold to…this whole conspiracy of losers and misfits.
When temptation comes write another off, may I remember that so often the things I am annoyed by, or dislike in an other is most likely something I first disliked in myself.