How Does the Doctrine of Man Inform My Theology of Leadership?
By Pierre Bitar Oct. 23rd, 2015
When a designer creates a tool, it should be useful for the job for which it was created. For example, a Swiss Watch is made in Switzerland in a fancy way, not to be used as a hammer, but as a watch on the wrist. It is possible to use tools for other applications; but the best use, the most rewarding, most efficient use, is found in applying the tool to the task for which it was designed. The same is true for us! Unfortunately, people aren’t always exactly clear why they were created. Humans are not created for the ultimate purpose of having a good business or living a wealthy life. Those things may be good and are from God, but there is something more meaningful for which we are created—to glorify Him.
At first look, we see that God created us in His image, “Then God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness” (Genesis 1: 26). Humans are also created to bring joy to God as well as to glorify Him. Isaiah expresses God’s word by saying, “Everyone who is called by My name, Whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him.” (Isaiah 43:7). This fact guarantees that our lives are significant to the eternal God Himself. He created us to display His glory in every aspect of life, that His glory might be known and praised by humankind. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).
I, personally observed the life and the ministry of my pastor in Egypt, Dr. Menees AbdelNoor. He lived a faithful and committed life for God, discipling generations of people over his life time. He shared the pulpit with the leaders that he raised, and ministered with them as partners. He was the first pastor to fly to Monte Carlo to share the Good News on the radio station (before the television was a household possession) so, the Arabs all over the Middle East and the Arabian Gulf could hear the Gospel. This put him at risk every time he left the country and especially when he came back. He would stay for hours being investigated about every trip. Many times he was close to being shot in his office when the “secret police” would visit him to restrict his preaching of the Gospel to the Arabs. He always thought about the other sheep who were not of the church fold, that they, too, could know Jesus as Savior. His life was never more expensive than fulfilling God’s call in his life. He taught by example and influenced the lives of many people. He closely discipled one of the young, associate pastors, who later became the senior pastor of the church, so that his torch for the Gospel would continue to burn brightly. Pastor Menees will remain a legacy for many to learn from him.
It was a privilege to know Pastor Menees and learn from his life and ministry, which planted in me the love to serve God with the small gift I have. His leadership is still fresh in my mind, how he dealt with the ministry and the people around him. This gives fuel to my engine as a church planter. One of the virtues that I value in the body of Christ, is unity in order to build a healthy church. I believe that unity was made possible on the cross two thousand years ago. As ministers, we should model that unity with our congregations and other churches as well. Right now I am arranging a worship and prayer event that will take place next November in my church. One of the strategies of this event to invite the Arabic pastors and churches in the Dallas area to worship and pray together. I tend to deal with those churches as partners in ministry.
At this moment in history, hundreds are pouring into the Dallas/Fort-Worth area due to the turmoil in the Middle East. God is bringing the nations to my city. They are becoming our neighbors and co-workers; if I do not reach them, who will? I have had opportunity in the last couple of months to encourage the flocks to go outside of the church walls and show God’s love to the refugees in my community. The Lord was so faithful to put in our way people who need help with the cultural changes they are experiencing as new residents. We help some with pantry food and others with English classes as a way to build bridges with them and to share the Gospel.
Every Christian leader is called for a certain purpose in the Christian ministry whether it is big or small. Defiantly, each leader has a different and unique call from other leaders. Whatever the call is, it should be accomplished faithfully, humbly and wholeheartedly so that the people we reach and serve give the glory to God.