Halim Suh - Thursday is for Thinkers
Jenni Catron, Executive Director of Cross Point Church in Nashville, discussed the three key qualities essential for "in-the-trenches" leaders.
Please welcome Halim Suh to the blog. Halim serves as Pastor of Equipping at Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, Texas.
In addition to his ministerial duties, Halim is a writer of several curriculum projects. His latest is Creation Unraveled: The Gospel According to Genesis, which he authored with Matt Carter. He and his wife, Angela, have three kids.
Halim will be hanging around the blog today to answer any questions and respond to any comments you may have.
Head, Heart, & Hands
When Man fell in the garden, all the faculties of man fell. Simply put: our head, heart, and hands fell. Our minds, instead of being fixated on the wisdom and knowledge of God, now reject it and embrace our own ability to think and reason. Our hearts, instead of being captivated by the goodness and beauty of God, now doubt His goodness and seek to find beauty in creation rather than the Creator. Our hands, instead of working to serve and achieve God's calling on our lives, now works desperately to build our own kingdoms and accomplish our own agendas. The work of the Cross restores our fallen faculties to love God once again. The Cross of Jesus enables us to obey the Greatest Commandment, to love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind, and strength.
As Christ followers, we must examine our love of God through the lens of the Head, Heart, and Hands because left to ourselves we will always bend to one faculty over the other. Which bent do you have? Let's see...
Head people or "thinkers" seek to love God primarily by using their minds to understand truths about God.
Strength: Through logic and rationale thinkers seek to love God. You love data, you love information, you love learning and knowing.
Weakness: You tend to credit your loving God to just your ability to think and believe properly
The problem with having a "thinker" bent is that you have a tendency to believe that since you give intellectual assent to something that means you're living it. But did you know that even the demons believe and shudder? No matter how smart we think we are, the demons have better theology than us. But even though the demons know all the rights things about God they don't love God at all.
Knowledge alone is not an indication that you love God.
Heart people or "feelers" seek to love God primarily through a connection of emotion with Him.
Strength: You can't coldly speak about Jesus. You're passionate about Him and speak about Him with tears in your eyes.
Weakness: You tend to credit your loving God to just your feeling affections for Him.
The problem with having a "feeler" bent is that you tend to seek truth subjectively through how you feel about it rather than objectively. If you feel "right" or "good" about some doctrine, you will receive it as truth, but reject it if it makes you feel uncomfortable. If you're asked, "How do you know you're saved?" you may answer, "Because I love God." But how do you know that you love the God of the bible and not a god of your own making since you accept and reject truth subjectively based upon how you feel about it instead of objectively through what is clearly written in the Scriptures?
Feeling, by itself, is not an indication that you know and love the God of the Bible.
Hands people or "doers" seek to love God primarily by practicing and professing the things God commands.
Strength: You're actually doing God's Word
Weakness: You tend to credit your loving God to just your ability to obey.
The problem with having a "doer" bent is that in the story of Mary and Martha, you have a tendency to be like Martha. You look at all the things that you're doing and start judging and looking down at other people who aren't working as hard as you. You have a propensity to develop an entitlement mentality towards God. You might start trusting religion rather than Jesus to save you: 'of course I'm saved. Look at all the things that I'm doing!'
Doing, working, accomplishing, by themselves, are not indicators that you love God.
All of us have a tendency that brings with it unique strengths and some treacherous weaknesses. We must acknowledge our own bent, and we must turn to one another and confess that we need to grow and learn from the strengths of others.
Thinkers need feelers. Feelers need doers. Doers need thinkers.
This is a core part of our DNA in training leaders through our Austin Stone Institute.