True Personality

Posted on September 26th, 2019

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?
Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
and crowned him with glory and honor.
Psalm 8:3-5

The healing of this [separation from one’s self] brings into harmony the intellect and the heart—that is, the cognitive and intuitive capacities and ways of knowing, and these “two minds” are thereby enabled to balance and complete each other. The will, the emotions, the intuitive and imaginative faculties are cleansed and receive the very life of God. With this healing, the self is freed to come into the Presence of the Unseen Real—the Presence of God Himself—where we “become partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4). It is in this way that we become persons. True personality is rooted in relationship: first of all in God, the Uncreated, then with everything He has created.  [1]

This vision of human personhood stirs the soul. Our hearts rise, even ache, to be that free, that alive, that whole.  To know that God has purposed to bring us into such largeness of being and relationship is awesome. God desires us for Himself, and to give us into relationship with this world that He so loves.  This is no cheap splendor, but puts our feet on bedrock reality while our spirits ascend.  Something in us knows we are destined for such a weight of glory, and we truly desire to walk the costly but radiant path of becoming.

PRAYER

Thank You, Creator God, for the spark of life that glows within every human being.  Come, Holy Spirit and blow the embers of desire to become whole.  We believe you can make true persons; help our unbelief.  Continue your work within us, integrating, balancing, harmonizing, cleansing, and freeing.  Empower our listening and obeying, that we may come into this fullness and help others do the same, today, tomorrow, and for all eternity.

 

[1] Leanne Payne, The Healing Presence (Grand Rapids, Baker Books, 1995), 37.
Woodcut:  von Carolsfeld, 1860, Die Bibel in Bildern, Sixth Day [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Meditation prepared by Sarah Colyn, drawing on the writings and ministry of Leanne Payne.