Italics by Oswald Chambers
"Personality is that peculiar, incalculable thing that is meant when we speak of ourselves as distinct from everyone else. Our personality is always too big for us to grasp. Personality is like an island, we know nothing about the great depths underneath, consequently we cannot estimate ourselves. We begin by thinking that we can, but we come to realize that there is only one Being who understands us, and that is our Creator. Personality is the characteristic of the spiritual man as individuality is the characteristic of the natural man. Our Lord can never be defined in terms
of individuality and independence, but only in terms of personality, 'I and My Father are one.' Personality merges, and you only reach your real identity when you are merged with another person.
When love, or the Spirit of God, strikes a man, he is transformed, he no longer insists upon his separate individuality. Our Lord never spoke in terms of individuality, or his isolated position, but in terms of personality—"that they may be one, even as We are one." If you give up your right to yourself to God, the real true nature of your personality answers to God straight away. Jesus Christ emancipates the personality, and the individuality is transfigured; the transfiguring element is love, personal devotion to Jesus. Love is the outpouring of one personality in fellowship with another."
It is often a puzzle to me that we strive so hard to be individualized in our talk, maybe our dress, maybe our home decor and at times maybe our walk with the Lord. I like what Oswald is saying here..."Personality is the characteristic of the spiritual man as individuality is the characteristic of the natural man," and the great reminder that we truly do not belong to ourselves but we belong to Jesus and we are to be "one with Him" as He was with the Father. That gets difficult at times, right? It is unique that Jesus is really the only one who truly knows us and understands us, but yet we try so hard to be our own person that we miss how very much we are alike when we follow the Lord.
We at times think our walk with the Lord has a unique flare, we might even try to use charismatic phrases around a new believer knowingly or unknowingly...then shortly we hear the mimic of those phrases come from the new believer as they have now taken on the individuality of someone else's walk with Christ. Is that wrong? I don't know...but I do know that the Lord desires of each us that pursuit of Him who defines our personality and frees the individual person to become like Christ...then we all start to become alike in some ways because of the Christ that lives in us. How does our individuality become transfigured?
By following examples of Christ, His words, reading what He was like in Scripture, how He dealt with people, how He instructed and portrayed the Father's love to others:
Luke 22:19 says, "do this in remembrance of me," (He is showing an example).
In John 30:31, John tells us that there is so much written about Jesus that we may believe He is the Son of God - it's all in HIS WORD.
Luke 2:10-14 shows us how even the heavenly hosts give instructions on praising God (here it is, the way is clearly marked, just travel this road).
In John 1:6, John explains about Jesus being the Light of the World - John gave up his individuality to become merged with the Jesus, the Holy Spirit and God the Father for only under their inspiration can you truly say...Jesus is the light of the world.
Luke 1:30 tells us how Mary gave up her personality, "favored by God," to be merged with HIM.
Luke 23:34 says, "But Jesus was saying, 'Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing'" (Perfection in forgiveness).
I don't know if all this makes sense, but felt the pull of late to understand that though we are all unique and valuable to the Lord, and though I might enjoy watching a Christmas movie or two and decorating my home in November and you do not when it comes to my personality merging with the Lord, and my walk with Christ and my real identity uncovered (and you as well) you and I should start to look quite similar...the real meaning of each and every day comes to fruition through the transfiguring power of the Holy Spirit.
"If you give up your right to yourself to God, the real true nature of your personality answers to God straight away. Jesus Christ emancipates the personality, and the individuality is transfigured; the transfiguring element is love, personal devotion to Jesus. Love is the outpouring of one personality in fellowship with another." Have a blessed and Merry Christmas!