Section Two: The Personal Characteristics of a Godly Life.
Our current theme: Characteristic Four: Being Christ-Actualized.
Our reading for today: 2nd Timothy 1: 7 (MsgB)
God doesn’t want us to be shy with His gifts, but bold and loving and sensible.
We now move our study of the Enneagram’s nine personality types over to The Loyalist (Enneagram #6), or sometimes called The Loyal Skeptic. If you recall, for the three Enneagram personality types from The Head Triad (#5, #6, #7), life is a battle of overcoming basic fears and anxieties, primarily finding a degree of victory by detaching oneself from situations, believing that by protecting oneself from pain, a person can ultimately bring safety and security to life.
The Loyalist handles this stress specifically by becoming a person who is hard-working, responsible and trustworthy; loyal to a fault, but very often one who struggles with doubt and suspicion, staying on the sidelines of life, and rarely, if ever, willing to take a risk or step out in faith.
The good news is that Jesus and His amazing grace can heal these deep wounds, but sadly very few Loyalists actually take the time to embrace the healing and hope that can come through this amazing God-given transformation we call being Christ-actualized.
Take a look at our overview of The Loyalist and see if any of these qualities sound like you:
THE LOYALIST (Enneagram #6)
The Head Triad: Thinking-oriented, thinking-driven, mentally-centered, decisions from the head, provision-focused. When encountering life, the first reaction is to think and plan. Tends to overthink things before feeling or doing. Fear is always waiting beneath the surface.
#6’s are rarely in touch with their specific fears, but know that anxiety can be overcome by following the rules of others, coloring between the lines, obeying authority, serving others, and staying out of trouble. Safety and security are paramount.
#6’s are reliable, hard-working, responsible, and trustworthy. Excellent “troubleshooters,” they foresee problems and foster cooperation, but can also become defensive, evasive, and anxious—running on stress while complaining about it. They can be cautious and indecisive, but also reactive, defiant and rebellious. They typically have problems with self-doubt and suspicion. At their Best: internally stable and self-reliant, courageously championing themselves and others.
Adjectives that describe #6: Trustworthy, loyal, responsible, inquisitive, dutiful, good friend, caring, collaborative, analytical, and persevering, but also sometimes overly doubtful or skeptical, uncertain, worrying, vigilant, sometimes challenging and/or fearful, either overly cautious or overly risk-taking, and questioning to the point of blame.
Key Motivations: Want to have security, to feel supported by others, to have certitude and reassurance, to test the attitudes of others toward them, to fight against anxiety and insecurity.
Basic Fear: Of being without support and guidance.
Basic Desire: To have security and support.
#6 struggles with: fear/cowardice/security.
#6’s motto: I am faithful, obedient, and loyal.
#6’s response to life: I didn’t mean to cause any problems!
#6 strives: to be secure.
#6 avoids: inappropriate behavior.
#6 unconscious childhood message: It’s not okay to trust yourself.
#6 lost childhood message: I am safe.
#6 true essence: A reflection of faithfulness and courage.
What will it mean for a #6 The Loyalist to be Christ-actualized? (The Meaning of the Arrows)
When moving in Desolation (under stress), dutiful #6’s suddenly become competitive and arrogant, becoming like the unhealthy side of a #3. However, when moving in Consolation (becoming Christ-actualized), fearful, pessimistic #6’s become more relaxed and optimistic, like healthy #9’s.
What does God’s Word have to say to a #6?
So, are you an Enneagram #6? Does this personality type sound a lot like the way you feel and act in life? If so, take heart. A Christ-actualized #6 can become, by the direction of the Holy Spirit, a man or woman of God who truly becomes a reliable and highly-involved champion of themselves and others, in a world where attention to details and trustworthiness is often lacking. A godly #6 no longer is controlled by cowardice and insecurity, but becomes a faithful and dependable loyalist who is pro-actively involved in fostering cooperation amongst others.
My prayer: You are within me and beyond me, forever present. Your love enfolds me as I go about my days. I am not alone. My suspicions fade when held in Your unwavering assurance of me. Empty me now of my anxieties and imaginings. Assuage my fears. Create in me a refuge for trusting myself. Remind me of my inner resources and power. All I need is within me. My act is to call this forth in trust as I stand on my own solid foundation. Knowing Your steady Ground is with me, I move forward in an uncertain world. Guide me as I travel the path of courage so I may lean into myself when the waters are troubled, having faith in the unfolding, growing myself into my own authority. Hold me in the fearful times, hold me in the fearless times. In your Holy Ground I rise to offer my full and powerful self in each moment. For Your name’s sake. Amen. (thanks to Sandra Smith/AlchemyWorksEvents.com)
My questions to ponder: If I see #6 qualities in my life, which are the most obvious? Where am I subject to the weaknesses found in a #6 and how might I allow the Holy Spirit to work deep within me, transforming these #6 wounds into glorious opportunities of hope?
So what is God speaking to you today as we attempt to live the Christ-centered life?
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