How the Gospel Applies to You
Summary of Style Seven
As Enthusiasts, Sevens work constantly to find enjoyment in every sphere of life. They are constantly looking for stimulating ideas and dreaming of exciting possibilities in order to find the best that life has to offer. Because they love people, Sevens can be very magnetic and spontaneous. You can trust them to get a party started.
Sevens are visionaries and can be very strategic, often knowing the best next step to take. They can also be quite skillful in persuading people to follow their ideas. They bring encouragement, optimism, and hope to others around them who are struggling.
These Enthusiasts do what they do in order to make the world a happier place.
Motivation & False Belief
God is calling you to live not for your joy but
from Christ's joy.
Sevens are motivated by the desire for enjoyment. They often turn to stimulating ideas and experiences for happiness and contentment. They long for freedom without restriction and try to keep their options open. This motivation is driven by their fear of missing out, boredom and being trapped in emotional pain. While they greatly desire enjoyment, they have developed a false belief that they must ensure their own happiness.
The Gospel Applied to You
Spiritually unhealthy and average Sevens tend to embody what Dietrich Bonhoeffer called “cheap grace.” He explains in his book, The Cost of Discipleship: “Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.” However, Sevens grow healthier when they believe in “costly grace.” He states: “Costly grace is grace because God did not reckon his Son too dear a price to pay for our life, but delivered him up for us. Costly grace is the Incarnation of God."
Therefore, while all spiritual doctrine is essential for Sevens, many find comfort in remembering that God is the source of true joy. And when this longing is satisfied in Christ, then Sevens will readily follow Christ’s example, imitating his death, burial and resurrection by dying to our old selves and becoming new in Him.
Helpful scriptures to meditate on and memorize: Philippians 3:8-11 and 1 Peter 2:19-21.
You might find it helpful to practice the following “self-talk” to remind yourself of the implications of the gospel in your life:
Only God can make me completely happy.
I am sinful. The pursuit of my happiness is an idol that will entrap me.
Jesus has showed me that true, abundant life is found in relationship with Him alone.
Because of Jesus, I have everything I truly need.
I do not have to try to make life fun. I can find contentment in any situation.
I am free to live, love and sacrifice by the grace of God.
The world isn’t the happy place that I want it to be, but God is on the throne. He is working to meet all of my needs and invites me to work alongside Him in the adventure of the heart.