I just spent a week with some of the most incredible followers of Jesus I have ever met. They will never have a best selling book in a Christian bookstore. They will never be a keynote speaker of some big conference. Most people will never even know their names. But you will not meet anyone with a more sincere heart for God than the men I met during our recent trip to Haiti. We had the awesome privilege of leading a week-long bible training conference for about 40 Haitian pastors and church leaders. We spoke different languages, came from different cultures, but were bonded together by the same Spirit of God. We poured out our hearts to these men who rode in the back of a food truck for 12 hours from their province in one of the most rural and desolate areas in all of Haiti.
The theme for our week of training was “Salvation: the justifying and sanctifying work of God.” These Haitian pastors and church leaders soaked up every single word we spoke and examined every passage of scripture we placed before them. And now, these men with no resources, no money, and little to no education are going back to their province to take what they have learned and share it with their families and villages. These pastors embody the words of Paul in 2 Corinthians 6:10 when he said, ”Having nothing, yet possessing everything.” Materially speaking they truly do not have anything. But in Christ they possess everything! As we dove into the great truths of salvation, I was reminded in a fresh new way just how truly amazing the grace of God is. In salvation, God brings the dead to life. He delivers the debtor. He adopts the orphan. He justifies the guilty. He purifies the filthy. He redeems the lost. He heals the broken and He frees the captive. What an amazing God!
I’m afraid that many of us here in the comforts of America forget what God has done and accomplished for us. For these 40 Haitian believers, it is everything. May it be the same for us.