What makes someone want to become a pilgrim?
I’m starting to think that certain personality types are drawn to the notion more than others.
We could talk Myers/Briggs Inventory — do pilgrims tend to fall at a certain spot on the four key spectrums: extraverted/introverted, sensing/intuiting, feeling/thinking, perceiving/judging.
We could talk Enneagram — do pilgrims tend to group around certain of the nine personalities: 1/Reformer, 2/Helper, 3/Achiever, 4/Individualist, 5/Investigator, 6/Loyalist, 7/Enthusiast, 8/Challenger, 9/Peacemaker.
I love the studies that show that different personalities approach scripture and prayer differently.
If you’re a pilgrim, certain passages really resonate.
For instance, Jesus’ words about the Kingdom of God might leap off the page.
Perhaps a pilgrim feels a thrill from these words about the life of discipleship:
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2)
A pilgrim believes in the prize set before them, and believes they will gain that prize.
She sees the shining city on the hill and believes she will enter it.
He hears of the swirling Spirit of God and believes he will encounter it.
She craves the Kingdom of God and goes forward to meet it.
Are you a pilgrim?