Sharables Lesson 5 – He Started Start!
Dr. Randy T. Johnson | Growth Pastor
I like studying personalities. I remember LaHaye’s categories. The Sanguine is full of energy, the life of the party, and typically a great storyteller. The Choleric is a natural leader who tends to take control. The Melancholy has transferred into the English language as sadness, but they tend to be precise, detailed, and focus on quality. Finally, the Phlegmatic is loyal, easy-going, and often a good listener.
Gary Smalley and John Trent explain the four in terms of animals. The Sanguine is pictured as the playful otter. The Choleric sports the king of the jungle in the lion. The Melancholy is hard working behind the scenes as a beaver. The Phlegmatic is as loyal as a Golden Retriever.
Something very basic is that Sanguine and Choleric individuals are good starters, but weak finishers. Melancholy and Phlegmatic people are the opposite. Starters will start a book or puzzle and do not care if they finish it. Not so with the finishers. It might take them a while to pick a book, but they feel they must finish it no matter how bad it is. It is beautiful; we need each other.
My mom was a counselor and use to say that Jesus had all the strengths of all four personality types. His title from Hebrews 12:1-2 conveys this point,
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Jesus is the Founder and Perfecter. He is the Author and Finisher.
The Book of Revelation describes the same concept with different titles.
“’I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty’” (1:8).
“And he said to me, ‘It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment’” (21:6).
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end” (22:13).
Jesus is the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, and the Beginning and the End.
I like to think of it this way:
Jesus did not begin when the beginning began; He began the beginning. He did not start when start got started; He started start.
Be encouraged by Philippians 1:6, “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Jesus is working in you, and He is not finished yet.