Pastor’s Blog 12.4.19

Psalm 139:13-18

13 For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.

14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.

15 My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.

17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them!

18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You. NKJV

Matthew 10:28-31

28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

29 Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will.

30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

31 Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. NKJV

These two sections of scripture are so revealing. The Lord knows everything! The very hairs on your head are numbered! DNA has destroyed the possibility of the evolutionary process of our origin. We are code and God is the author of that code. As we are teaching on understanding one another on our Wednesday night services, I want to call to mind the fact we were created and we are not self-made people. I shared recently from research that is shows even our personality types are a part of our biological makeup.

We all are different by design, and the Lord designed us to fulfill a specific role and none of us can do it all by ourselves. This has a consequence of keeping us dependent on not only Him, but on one another. Even though there are four primary temperaments that are measurable in mankind, two of the same are not the same. Take the weather as an example of this: We have four measurable seasons but no two seasons are alike are they? Summer is hotter, but all summers are different, right? In the same way we know all sanguine, melancholy, choleric and phlegmatic temperaments have a likeness but they are all different!

We are fearfully and wonderfully made for sure. Just as it is good to try to plant in the spring, grow in the summer, harvest in the fall and rest the ground and replenish in the winter, it is easier for certain temperaments to work in different environments. The other day we were working on some construction (there were several of us) and I needed a job done. “I need a perfectionist on this, so Gary you do this”, I said. Gary gave me that look like, “Why me?”, and then thought a moment and said, “yea your right I should probably be the one to do this.”

If I need a perfectionist to do a task I am going find a melancholy. A choleric can be a perfectionist, so can a melancholy or a phlegmatic, but they are not going to enjoy it! I try to choose and assign tasks by temperament and it keeps everyone happier and more fulfilled. Two temperaments are people oriented and two are task oriented, which are you? Would you rather work with things or people? Choleric and melancholy people see the task as the goal and people the means. Sanguine and phlegmatic folks see the people as the goal as the task as the means. My wife loves to work alone, I hate to work alone. My wife loves the details and I just want the bottom line. I’m a starter and my wife is the finisher. There is a lot to digest in this and I hope you learn and apply these truths so we can all work together!

Until next week, be blessed!