As a child, I remember marveling at the explanation for the term, “one size fits all.” A sweatshirt that can fit anyone of any size? What sort of enchanted fabric is this and where can I get it?
Of course, when I matured, I realized that the term is terribly specious. It can indeed fit all but it may be very baggy on one person or too tight on another. 100% perfect fits are the aberration, not the norm.
I was reminded of this during a Bible study session recently. During one particular section, my pastor imparted that there is no unanimous method for spiritual growth. Author Gary Thomas says it this way: “[There are] four elements essential to worship: adoration, communication with God, Scripture reading and service….But here’s the key: How we pray, how we worship and how we study God’s Word will differ.”
The more I thought about it, the more it made sense. God did not use cookie cutters to create us. We were created using a medley of varying gifts, desires, personalities, and idiosyncrasies. And we were all made to fulfill a different purpose for Him. So if no one person is exactly the same, why would we relate to God and Him to us in the exact same way?
The diversity of worship and relationships with God is present throughout Scripture. David wrote psalm after psalm filled with praise and exaltation for the Lord. Martha provided care and served the Lord. Elijah routinely and vocally opposed all work against the Lord and His purpose. And though He loved them both, in John 20, Jesus deals with Mary and Thomas’s contact with Him in different ways. In verses 16-17, Mary’s motion toward Him was gently denied. According to commentaries, Mary’s joy would have caused her to cling too long. She needed to understand that Jesus was not ascending immediately. In verses 24-27, Thomas was urged to touch the scars in His flesh. Thomas’s doubt needed to be irrevocably destroyed. He needed to see and feel proof that Jesus is alive. Different people with different relationships with the same God.
When you take time to pray and study the word of God this week, I encourage you to also take this spiritual temperament quiz. Discover in what ways you relate to God and how it can help pave your path to spiritual maturity.
Which spiritual temperament are you? How do you see it influencing your relationship with God and how you worship Him?