Enneagram or Eternity?
Before anyone gets in a tizzy, let me explain.
I like personality tests. Believe in them. Think employers are wise to use them.
In 1998 prior to being hired as the administrative assistant to the president/ceo of a manufacturing company I was handed a stapled packet of questions.
What is this, I asked?
A Myers-Briggs personality type indicator test, we want to see if you are a fit for this position.
I was an INTJ: 1. strong tendency to prefer introversion over extroversion; 2. moderate preference of intuition over sensing; 3. moderate preference of thinking over feeling; 4. slight preference of judging over perceiving.
If memory serves me correctly the test took some time but when all was said and done – the HR person said, “You will fit perfectly.” Twenty some years later, I still work for the same man (different company now) so I tend to agree with that decision!
You can find a test and learn more about Myers-Briggs here.
Today’s trend in personality testing is the Enneagram, a journey to self-discovery.
Taking that test? It pretty much nailed me with a Type 5:
Often called the Investigator, 5’s are analytical, emotionally detached, and private. Sometimes thought of as loners, 5’s are motivated by a need to understand, gain lots of knowledge, conserve inner resources, and avoid relying on others.
With a wing 6. Now, are you confused? Let me explain!
Basic fear: being useless, helpless, incapable.
Basic desire: to be capable and competent.
A 5 with a 6 wing: “the problem solver.”
B I N G O! I’m nailed!
You can take an enneagram test here, it is fast and accurate. There are multiple books to read on the subject also – an Amazon search will reveal many resources!
These tests have their place – and as I said above, employers are wise to utilize all of these resources as it could prevent real blow-outs in the workplace. I find these tests fun to take – one must be perfectly honest as you answer the questions. Don’t answer them with “the way I want to be” but be honest and transparent!
From the pulpit?
News came to me that pastors are talking about enneagrams and types from their pulpits on Sunday mornings. YIKES. NO. Don’t do it… what on earth?
We must remember that each one of us is fearfully and wonderfully made – created in the image of God – He knows our personality assessment because He made each of us to be useful as He deemed “perfect.”
This is not sermon material – the enneagram is not going to forgive your sins and offer you eternal life. Only Jesus Christ and Holy Spirit can do that.
Like I often say, “Balance is key.” In the church I can see using the enneagram questionnaire when placing people in leadership positions – it would be helpful but it is not sermon material.
From The Word
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139.14 (ESV)
He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. Ecclesiastes 3.11 (ESV)
How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? Romans 10.14 (ESV)
Let’s rightly divide
Go ahead – take the Enneagram test – see where your strengths are. Learn your number and your “wing.”
Go ahead – take the Eternity test – Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved! Instantaneously you become a 7 with a wing of 7 times 7 times 7 times 7!
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