We’ve all noticed that in any group of people, some naturally tend to become the center of attention while others shun the limelight. We have terms like introvert, extrovert, charismatic, reserved and so on to describe these characteristics in people. We each are created with unique personalities. While we may have different personalities, if we have accepted the redemption of Jesus Christ, we are indwelt by the same Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body. [NASB]
The Bible is clear that “greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world”. What does that mean in practice? Of course it means that during a spiritual battle, we can rely on God to lead us to victory. It also means that we walk around the earth with the greatest power in existence resident inside us. Relative to His presence, each of our personalities are inconsequential. Relative to His presence the atmosphere around us is also inconsequential. Don’t let someone who is not carrying the glory of God inside them set the tone for your surroundings.
You’ve probably heard the thermostat vs thermometer analogy and it is a good one. A thermometer merely reacts to the temperature. A thermostat affects the temperature to bring it in line with where it should be. Your presence in a situation should always adjust the spiritual “temperature” bringing it closer to godliness. We are seldom completely alone in circumstances. There are usually others there with us. What if your natural temperament is quiet but the room you are in needs an infusion of joy? What if you are naturally boisterous and the center of attention but the room need peace? What if everyone else in the room is more highly esteemed than you according to natural standards and you don’t have influence over them?
The answer is, none of that matters. You carry the Holy Spirit within you and He is all-sufficient. Different circumstances will dictate different actions but in all circumstances you carry the power to set the tone regardless of your personality. You may need only quietly pray or you may need to deliver a rousing encouragement. Either way, put your trust in Him, listen to the Holy Spirit, and set the tone. Psalm 23 promises that He will lead you in the path of righteousness. That leading is not just for you, it is so you know what to do to bless others. You may be the only one in the room carrying the answer!