As I write this, my pastor is doing a series on the book of James. In a recent sermon he noted how James starts his letter by basically saying… “Hi. I’m James. If you’re suffering you should count it as joy.”
There was no warm up. There was no “How ya doin’?”. James got straight to the point. On the DISC profile, James is a raging “D”, like me.
If you’re not familiar with the DISC Profile, it’s a test that a lot of businesses use to determine a person’s work style. You can look it up online so I won’t do a long description, but here’s an over-simplified version.
D – Driven, Leaders
I – Influencers, “People Person”
S – Steady and Stable
C – Conscientious and Detail Oriented
So I thought it would be interesting to look through the Gospels and Epistles and see how the first chapters of their letters indicate the writer’s DISC Profile.
Doesn’t even say hello. Just jumps into a long detailed list of the ancestors of Jesus. Definitely a “C”. Plus, he was a tax collector. Today he would be a CPA. Yep. Totally a “C”.
Mark’s is the shortest Gospel, which makes me think he’s a “D”. The writing is very concise, almost bullet points. This may be part of the reason why he and Paul had conflict, as Paul was also clearly a raging “D”.
Luke starts by explaining that his goal is to create an orderly account of the facts, and assures us that he researched them carefully. Big ol’ “C”. This is good, because doctors really should be detail oriented.
John’s letter is totally people-focused. First he talks about John the Baptist. Then he talks about Jesus. No genealogies, no researched facts, just people. He refers to himself as “The Apostle whom Jesus loved.” This is an “I” if ever I saw one.
We often forget that the people in the Bible were people just like us. With strengths, weaknesses, and personalities.