My MBTI analysis tells me I’m an introvert. This is probably a true assessment, but sometimes I feel like I’m an extrovert who has just been trained to be an introvert. I generally take a gentle approach to matters and conflicts. I like to reason things out with people, gently prodding them instead of working like a bull in a china shop.
But, sometimes we just need to be willing to get up and say what God has put on our heart. The apostle Peter did this in the book of Acts. In Acts 2:14 the Message says it this way, “That’s when Peter stood up and, backed by the other eleven, spoke out with bold urgency.” I don’t think Peter had too many issues with being afraid to speak up, but here is another example of it. God had put something on his heart, and he needed to get up and boldly say it to the crowd.
I need to be sure that I am willing to stand and speak with the same urgency that Peter did. Unlike Peter, it’s not my nature, but there are times when I need to get over myself and speak up. I think that’s true for all of us. God speaks to us through His word and His Holy Spirit and prompts us to speak up at times. I want to be ready and willing when he prompts me. We all need to be reminded that we are empowered by the Holy Spirit when He speaks to us and allow Him to speak through us. Really, it’s a matter of obedience.
We all have different personality make-ups, but there are times when we need to move beyond our specific makeup and do what God leads us to do.