I am an introvert as I have said before. The definition of an introvert is someone who prefers calm, minimally stimulating environments. Introverts tend to feel drained after socialising and regain their energy by spending time alone. This is largely because introverts’ brains respond to dopamine differently than extroverts’ brains. In other words, if you’re an introvert, you were likely born that way (https://introvertdear.com/what-is-an-introvert-definition).
I feel I should clarify some misconceptions regarding being an “Introvert” before I move on. Trust me I will make sense. First, I am not a doormat, meek, or mousy as some think all introverts are. I am not actually what I would call “shy”, maybe in new settings, but wait till I get to know my surroundings and see just how “Shy” I am…Not very. I actually can be very blunt and opinionated. I can be very intimidating (I have been told) because I generally can tell when people are liars, and feel no one is better than me or anyone else so I tend to talk directly to people. I can pick out fake people pretty well. This is because when everyone around me is blabbing on, I tend to listen and watch. I gain a lot of information that way. Because I am sensitive to my surroundings I am also very aware of changes in the demeanour of others, and usually I have insight into motives because of it, while others don’t. I read a lot. Mainly because I refuel this way, and because I like to learn, I love to read, they are hand in hand. This also gives me insight into things. Keep all this in mind…
I was listening to a broadcast by Chuck Swindoll on Insight for Living about the great commission.
The Bible says…
Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:16-20).
Chuck Swindoll stated Jesus commanded Christians to go and make disciples of others. To do this, Chuck Swindoll points out that Christians need to be aware of the culture of the people they are going to tell the good word to. He states that if a place has a different language missionaries learn the language to be able to speak and tell them about God. Basically, we need to adapt our approach for our situation. Never lowering ourselves but using different ways, like speaking quietly rather than loud, or vice versa to connect to people.
This got me thinking about comments others have said about my personality and how it wouldn’t be conducive to fulfilling the great commission. I never felt that any Christian would be exempt from the great commission. Due to personality; however, I have been told more than once that because I am not an outgoing extroverted person, I won’t be able to bring people to Christ.
I started thinking “Are they right? Then I thought, “That can’t be right, why would God make it so that a Christian’s personality would hinder them from being able to bring people to Christ? especially when it is the last commandment Jesus gave.? Then it came to me…he wouldn’t. If Jesus gave the commandment that all Christians were to make disciples of every nation, then all Christians must be able to do it, Women and Men, Extrovert and Introvert alike. How we do it is different.
So it stands to reason that I can do it as well, even though I am an introverted person.
Many times in my life I have been told “Your too quiet, shy, self conscious, sensitive, and the list goes on. Well, who says I am “Too” anything?” God made me, he shaped me as I grew up, and the personality traits, and quirks are what he allowed me to gain. So if the God that made the universe, and who never makes a mistake, shaped me to the person I am, then who do those other people think they are to say I am not “good enough” or “right” for the great commission. It astounds me that “Christians” can have such a narrow view of things. Talk about putting God in a box!
I have been writing this blog as an act of faith to God. I believe he wanted me to speak into others lives regarding the things I have learned from my trials and tribulations, as well as my joys. I have no idea what he plans, nor do I need to know. I said to my husband that if one person got something out of my blog then it would be worth doing. As it turns out more than one person has read what I have written, and that is humbling, and awesome. Who knows who they will talk to about it? and maybe it will get to someone who hasn’t known the Lord. Maybe after reading that Christians don’t have it all worked out they will see that he accepts us as we are, completely messed up and sinful, and that means they can come to him too.
My way of fulfilling the great commission may not look like every Christian woman’s way. My way of trying to be a “Christian Woman “ may be rather unsophisticated and rough, but I am doing it the way God intended. How do I know that? Because he made my personality, and I can only do it the way my personality allows me to, and that means I can only full-fill the great commission the way he made me to do it. Not, the way any other Christian woman or man does it. I do it the introverted way. What does that look like? Well you’re looking right at it. This Blog is one way to reach people.
I do personal honesty well, because I believe I have only God to please. So telling people across the globe what I think, act, feel really doesn’t bother me much. On the internet that is, if it was in an auditorium or large group much less at ease. In small group no problem…after a while, one to one? No problem.
Will I ever go up to a stranger and ask if they know Jesus? Probably not, (unless I truly believed God wanted me to), but after getting to know a person, and becoming their friend, I would answer their questions honestly, and without hesitation, and then I’d invite them to church. I would tell them Jesus loves them, and he doesn’t care what they wear, or look like, and he wants to know them personally. I would let them know that all they need to do is accept that he gave his life freely for their sins before ever knowing them, and if they will repent of their sins, accept him as Lord of their life, and ask him to come live in them, they can have a future, and meaningful life, and live for eternity with him…Sounds like the great commission to me.