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Is it wrong for a Christian to be an Introverted?
Introverted = quiet, reserved, reclusive, secluded, isolated, distant, remote, withdrawn.
The term introvert can refer to a shy, self-focused person, or simply to a loner who finds comfort and strength in solitude. No, it is not wrong for a Christian to be an introvert. But, there are some tendencies that an introvert should watch out for.
Overall, introverts avoid crowds, dislike small talk, enjoy long periods of solitude, and prefer deep conversations to party chatter. They are often thoughtful and genuine about their own flaws. They settle for one or two solid friendships rather than surround themselves with uncounted acquaintances. They tend to enjoy creative aspects of self-expression such as art, writing or music. Many of the world’s greatest artists, authors and musicians were introverts.
While extroverts are energized by being around others, introverts are strengthened by long periods of solitude and reflection. As long as the quietness does not become depression or alienation, it can be spiritually beneficial. Prayer, meditation and waiting upon God often require long periods of stillness to be effective. Introverts are often better at Biblical meditation than extroverts (socializers) because it complements their natural tendencies. The danger for an introvert is in becoming overly absorbed. Introverts may tend to live inside their heads rather than serving others the way Jesus commanded (John 13:34; 1 Pet.4:10).
Being an introvert is not the same as unhealthy self-focus. God created us with varying strengths, weaknesses, and personality types. He can use anyone who submits to Him, and He is often most glorified through our weaknesses (2 Cor.12:9). When introverts have totally submitted their lives to the lordship of Jesus Christ, they can be mighty prayer warriors, mentors and teachers. Spirit-filled introverts use their God-given nature for the glory of God and delight in long, fruitful times of worship, soul-searching, and Bible study. When they allow the Holy Spirit to move them, they can then share with others the rich insights God has given them.
There are a few things that can hinder an introvert’s service to God. When their natural quietness is motivated by insecurity or fear, introverts often withdraw from people. They may refuse to engage with others as taught in Scripture (1 Pet.4:10). This kind of solitude limits them spiritually. Brooding can also lead to a critical spirit. When a person focuses on self too much, it can result in judging others or even ourselves (Mat.7:1-2). Introverts may also use their natural silence as an excuse to avoid taking on responsibilities in church or ardently witnessing for Christ. The Great Commission also applies to introverts (Mat.28:19-20).
Phil. 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. (KJV) . . . Some introverts possibly may see this verse as confirming that they are to see themselves as inferior. We should see ourselves as God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Eph.2:10). Whether a person is introverted or extroverted, Christians must remember that their temperaments are gifts from God to always be used for His glory (1 Cor.10:31-33).
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