As I mentioned previously, we must learn to appreciate other people. They have certain strengths that will make up for our deficiencies and our strengths will help them in their weak areas.
Now, what does this book have to do with those who follow Christ? Reading through this work and also Paul’s letter to the Ephesians made me connect these two. Paul wrote about the coming together of Jew and Gentile, with both sides being reconciled in the redemptive work of Christ. Read through Ephesians in one sitting (or a couple) and you can see the connection that different people– Jew and Gentile, male and female– were put in the same boat. Through the work of Christ, those who might have once had hostilities are formed into one cohesive group or body (Eph 2:16). All are weaved together into a new beautiful creation (2:21), where diversity is truly made into a type of unity in Christ. We cannot create this on our own, it is alien to our very nature. In short, we need God to do this somehow.
That is where Jesus comes into play. Through His redemptive life, death and resurrection, we have been given the opportunity to be reconnected with God and our neighbor. Differences are made strengths and unity becomes a reality.
Paul would also use the image of a body when writing on this issue. He said, “we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love” (Eph 4:15-6). Christ-followers are knit together like a body, where each part has a role to play. ISTJ’s are needed just as much as ENFP’s are needed. Wherever you fall in the Myers-Briggs personality type spectrum, you are needed!
We need different people to help us function, so come and find your place in Christ’s Church.