Biblical Red- The Apostle PaulOctober 30, 2008
So you have taken the COLORful Personality tests and it has labeled you as a Red? You’ve read the description and it suits you, however, you still have some questions about what you are to do with these wonderful gifts Christ has given to you? Let me introduce you to a notable “Biblical Red”.
So what exactly about Paul made him a “red”? Well, I believe the easier question to answer would be what about Paul was not a characteristic of the Red Key Signature? Paul was a go getter, born leader, not only earned respect, he demanded it. He was stubborn and would not back down from a fight. Once Paul was given something by Christ to accomplish… it was as good as done.
One of my favorite depictions of Paul’s ability to “lock in” on a mission is the story found in Acts 28. Up to this point, Paul had been on several journeys and Christ had told Paul he would present his case before Caesar. This was the task for Paul. Remember, the Red Color Signature is Fast Pace and TASK Focus. With this in mind, it makes sense why Paul was so resolute not only in his faith that Christ would deliver upon his promise, but he also must have found some comfort in focusing more on the completion of the task than the numerous hardships presented to him during the journey.
If we pick up in Acts 28, we will find Paul after the ship wreck. Paul, seemingly unbothered by the events leading up to his landing on the island, decides to go and collect some wood for the fire. Out of the brush, a poisonous snake, driven out by the heat, bit Paul on the hand. Now, what Paul does next is a classic Red move. Rather than simply brushing off the snake without the attention of the crowd, Paul does something that a typical Red would do by lifting his hand with the snake still in his skin. In a way, I almost imagine Paul wanting to say… “Look everyone, this monster bit me and I am not shaken!”
Why is this a typical RED trait? The typical Red will enjoy the opportunity to overcome a perceived travesty. One of the key signatures for this personality type is their call and natural disposition for leadership. With this in mind, one of the ways Reds reinforce their credibility is their ability to be able to go into a battle and overcome against extreme odds. This instant credibility is usually due to the supernatural ability to succeed. What happens with Paul?
In Acts 28, is says that Paul simple “shakes” the snake off of him and goes about his business. I am quite sure Paul was not simply doing this to provide a show or flex his own spiritual muscles, however, because of his ability to focus on the task (presenting his case to Caesar) and not the conflict presented to him, he astonishes those who witness the scene. The crowd eventually begins to proclaim Paul a god due to his supernatural ability to withstand the poisonous snake.
Now, Paul had his issues… prior to Christ. It is absolutely amazing what Christ can do through a Red when the Red submits to the authority of Christ. Speaking from experience, Christ’s strength along with his sovereignty, allows the Red to walk comfortably in their key signature. Of course, without Christ, the traditional Red can be seen as a bull, or obnoxious tyrant. With Christ, however, a Red can be seen as a great leader, one who is determined to succeed against every fiery dart from Satan through their belief in Christ. If Christ demands something be done, then the Red will step up to the plate and be sure it is completed at all costs.
So, if you are a Red, find comfort! Paul was one of the most successful of the apostles and accomplished more than his peers. He was well-respected for his knowledge, ability to preach, but also his passion and determination. If you are a Red, struggling to find your “groove” in the Kingdom, look to Paul’s life and find some comfort.
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About the Writer:
Trent Cotton has spent a number of years in management and business consulting. After spending some time in the field, he joined the HR department, beginning in recruiting and eventually serving as the Department Head of HR for one of the major lines of business. With such a varied background, he works to bring all of these together to help churches and other Christian organizations incorporate some common business practices into their ministries to enable them to better serve the Kingdom. He currently works for SourcePointe, an HR Outsourcing Agency while continuing to own and operate Christian Management Consulting as a ministry. In his free time, he also writes a lot on Church Development as a Church Consultant.