Maybe We Should Stop Encouraging People to Get Out of Their Comfort Zones

The beauty of the body of Christ is that it is made up of all sorts of people with all sorts of personalities. Introverted people and extroverted people both need to worship God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength.

An extroverted person may gravitate toward loud, outward expressions of worship, while an introverted person may gravitate toward quiet, humble reverence. Both are appropriate, God-honoring and necessary in the church. Both types of worship are commended in scripture.

Introverts and extroverts both need to evangelize. An extrovert may excel at sharing the gospel with lots of complete strangers, while an introvert may excel at developing deep relationships with a few unbelievers and sharing the gospel with them over time. Both are good, God-honoring and necessary in the church. Both types of evangelism are commended in scripture.

Introverts and extroverts both need fellowship. An extrovert can thrive in large group fellowship where everyone is speaking up, sharing their thoughts and prayer requests and needs. An introvert will probably thrive in small group fellowship with one or two other people. Both are good, God-honoring and necessary in the church. Both types of fellowship are commended in scripture.

We need to encourage one another to pursue God within the boundaries of our God-given personalities. Extroverts, don’t assume that someone doesn’t love Jesus because they don’t jump up and down in worship or give hugs to everyone they meet. Introverts, don’t assume someone doesn’t love Jesus because they don’t like solitude or reading.

Extroverts, don’t try to make everyone like you. Introverts, don’t try to make everyone like you. All of us have areas to grow but God isn’t interested in making millions of spiritual clones. Sometimes extroverts sing melody and introverts sing harmony, and vice versa. The differences in personality types point to our wonderfully creative God.

The power of the gospel is demonstrated when people of wildly different personality types come together to serve, worship and honor the Lord. Let’s make room for everyone in the church.  

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