We all have those pants that we wish we could wear everywhere and it be socially acceptable. Mine would be yoga pants. I don’t even do yoga, but I would and could wear them all day. I bet you could even guess what pants I’m wearing as I write this- yep! YOGA PANTS!
Now how do certain types of pants and Jesus correlate? I asked myself the same question. I felt like Holy Spirit has really been speaking to me about my strengths, my personality, and my spiritual gifts. According to StrengthsFinder, my strengths consist of Woo, Developer, Belief, Responsibility, Communication. For those that know anything about personality type- I am an ESFJ (Extrovert, Sensing, Feeling, and Judging). As for my strongest spiritual gifts: Mercy, Faith, Exhortation, and Prophecy follows closely behind.
Okay, so what does knowing my personal “pants” have to do with anything? Sometimes I have looked at other people SLAYING their gifts and strengths, and I have gotten envious and resentful of how easy it is for them to operate with those talents. In those moments, I hear Holy Spirit remind me that I am uniquely made for the purpose of glorifying my Father. Boom. That’s enough to get ya to stop being jealous! God made ME the way He needs ME to be so that I can glorify HIM. This isn’t about me, and it will never be about me. By knowing my strengths, personality, and spiritual gifts, I should desire to grow in each to be able to fully operate in the way God has designed me!
Maybe one of your top strengths is being an achiever, but many look down upon you for how well you achieve your goals. Maybe your introverted and you have seen all the extroverts appearing to have so much fun in their social lives. Maybe one of your spiritual gifts is serving, and you are never noticed for what you do. Or maybe you’ve been told your whole life that you were an accident or mistake, so you’d never want to grow in your gifts anyways. We are going to stop believing the lies that Satan tells us! Speak these truths over yourself:
- God hand-made me the way He needs me to be (Psalm 139:13)
- God knew what He was doing when designing me- I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14)
- I know I am seen by the God of the Universe because He knows how many hairs I have on my head (Matthew 10:30)
- Before anyone thought of me, God already knew Me. He knew the strengths, personality, and gifts that I would be made up of (Jeremiah 1:5)
- The gifts I have are good because God gave them to me. I want to use those to give Him the praise and honor! (1 Peter 4:10-11)
- I make up a part of the whole body of Christ. I am needed. I am important. (1 Corinthians 12:25-28)
So what do you do with this information? I am so glad you asked! Take the tests at the bottom of the page. Write down your strengths, your awesome personality, and your gifts. Get alone with God and show Him that you know the special way He made you, and tell Him that you want to fully grow in His design. Seek out opportunities to wear the pants that God has so uniquely created for you!
Personality test: http://www.humanmetrics.com/personality
Spiritual gifts test: http://spiritualgiftstest.com/spiritual-gifts-test-adult-version/
Strengths test: http://www.strengthstest.com/ (This one does cost money)