Jesus seems like an extrovert, doesn’t he? From young, he was able to talk to the teachers of the law in the temple. When he was 33 years old, he began his ministry by calling his 1st disciples, & went everywhere preaching to large crowds of people, gaining disciples & followers. And also doubters.
In summary, he seems to be great at interaction. And that’s what extroverts excel in, right? Therefore, to be like Jesus, we all have to be extroverts? Or is passion mistaken for extroversion?
In my church, for 2015, we are focusing a lot on evangelism. We have a lot of evangelistic events planned, & are “encouraged” to bring new friends. Last year this was also in effect (obviously, to fulfill the Great Commission), but it wasn’t emphasised. Even if it was, I didn’t care. Yeah. I was a crazy young immature Christian at this time, last year.
Until I was shaken by the shoulders and awoken by God’s rebuking in October 2014. I realised the importance of my faith. That I am a sinner, and I was going to burn in the ‘fiery lake of burning sulfur’ (Revelation 21:8) unless I repent and seek God.
Now I don’t know what’s with the sulfur, like why not a lake of burning phosphorus, but yeah moving on.
I accepted God’s gift of salvation. And I realised the importance of evangelism. But first, I needed to establish fellowship with my brothers & sisters in Christ, whom I realised I am going to be with them for eternal life, here and in heaven. For if I don’t even know the members of my own church, how do I expect to welcome new friends? It’s possible, but weird. I hope you feel me.
I have been working on it. I started with the people in my church, for I do not know them very well still, even after 3 years. I go out of my comfort social circle to talk to people, albeit not so well. I started having an interest in people. When I sit in church, I am just generally happy knowing that all of us believers will be saved by God’s grace.
Which builds my foundation for evangelizing. That this nonbeliever, invited to church, has the chance to hear the good news & believe. It’s awesome.
So I understand the importance of talking to new friends & welcoming them. And I want to do it. But as I interact more with bros & sis & new friends, it got me thinking, do I have to become an extrovert?
Because it is so TIRING. And DRAINING. I am an introvert at heart, but I’m turning into an extrovert. One day I broke down praying about this. My heart couldn’t take it anymore.
Do I have to be an extrovert to become a better Christian? A better Evangelist? Better at fulfilling the Great Commission? (Matthew 28:16-20)
Realise that I am looking into the common meaning of ‘extrovert’ and ‘introvert’, which are:
Caption: Taken from my good friend, Google.
Not the Psychology meaning of,
- Extrovert: a person who is energized by being around other people.
- Introvert: a person who is energized by being alone and whose energy is drained by being around other people.
So, back to the question. Do I have to be an extrovert to become a better Christian? A better Evangelist? Better at fulfilling the Great Commission?
Well, to answer this we have to ask another question first, which was actually the title of this post. Was Jesus an extrovert? We will have to look at Jesus to answer the question.
The answer is yes and no. Jesus was not an extrovert, but he was extremely passionate in what he was called to do. In fact, wholeheartedly passionate. Because he was both human and divine. “The divine cannot be confined by human constructs, though he had personality due to personhood.”
His passion caused him to appear like an extrovert, preaching the good news to the masses and eating with sinners. But he was also an introvert, taking time alone to pray. (Mark 1:35)
Many blogs say that Jesus is the perfectly balanced ambivert. Here is a post I find worth your time to read if you’re interested: https://joshuapegram.wordpress.com/2013/11/07/was-jesus-an-introvert/
In conclusion, remember the passion, remember why you are evangelizing, and also remember to be an introvert. Because our God is the holy God who deserves all glory, and remember we are not alone in this, because we can do everything through Christ who gives us strength.