As we have mobilization team meetings on the ground here in Haiti, I am so very excited! We are well into our planning and scheduling for the 2014 year, and I am eager as I look ahead at the volume of people that will be serving alongside us on short term mission trips.
The reason I am so excited? Sure…this means thousands of people will see Mission of Hope and what is being done in Haiti, but more importantly, this means that thousands of people will be exposed to the transforming power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, & invited to step into Christ’s story for the rest of their lives.
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us,even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Eph. 2:1-10
From death to life. Plot twist.
Each and every person that steps foot on campus will be confronted with the Truth of the Gospel, and will be thinking through and wrestling through the questions of what they will do with that information. Each person either accepts or rejects Jesus here on earth. There is no middle ground and no gray area. As my boy C.S. Lewis wrote in Mere Christianity:
“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”
This means that Haiti gets to be a plot twist in their story – where people “fall at His feet & call Him Lord & God.” Where people are changed forever at the overwhelming freedom that Christ offers, and the insurmountable joy that being His disciple brings. See friends, we were created by God, & for God. We were created to bring glory to our Creator. John Piper put it this way, “A life that gives glory to God for his grace & a life of deepest gladness are always the same life.”
Would you be praying for people who do not know Christ to experience plot twists with eternal implications?
From damnation to salvation. From enemy of God to child of God & co-heir with Christ sitting at the right-hand of the Father?
I’m by no means a theologian, but I am learning more and more about who God is. There are times where I feel like my heart could burst at the overwhelming awe I have towards Him and the grace He extends to us. He is good. He does good. He redeems. This offer is extended to all.
Praying for eternal plot twists,