Titus 2:14 NLT “He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.”
I’m here in Haiti with Convoy of Hope, a Christian organization that has been instrumental in ministering to 70,000 children a day in Haiti. I ran into Pastor Jeffery Johnson from Eastern Star Baptist Church. His church partners with Convoy and they have sponsored a thousand children in adopting a whole village. The more I walk among the devastation and see the faces of children hungry for love I understand why Jesus saved us. He saved us to do good deeds.
This ministry Convoy was born out of a family whose mother and father were in a tragic car accident. The father died but the mother was badly injured. The community brought her and her children groceries, dinner, and hope. Later on after the mother recovered, the children loaded up their pick up truck with groceries and went to the trailer park to bless the people that had helped them. Out of that act of kindness was born this ministry, Convoy of Hope.
Jesus Christ gave his life for us for three reasons:
- To free us from every kind of sin. Sin is anything that causes us to miss the mark and fall short of God’s standard for living. Sin unchecked leads to death. All have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God. Jesus cleansed us from sin by dying in our place on the cross. Sin has no control over us when we submit to the lordship of Jesus.
- To make us his very own people. My first stop in Haiti was an orphanage. It was full of children from the age of toddlers to teens. The children were pulling on me to pick them up to hold them. I wanted to take them home with me. Jesus saw us this way. We were orphans lost in our sin and Jesus adopted us to be a part of God’s family. He saved us from what could have destroyed us. But why?
- So that we would be totally committed to do good deeds. I asked one of the orphans what she wanted to be when she grew up and she said, “a doctor” so she could help people. When you’ve been saved you should want to help others. We are so wrapped up in ourselves in America that we’ve forgotten how to help other people.
Next year for our staff retreat I will be bringing my staff to Haiti to serve these children. I will be challenging my church members to come and serve and every day of their lives, in their own communities for them to do good deeds. This is why we have been saved!
Help us to see that we have been saved to help other people. We were sinking in sin and when nothing else could save your love lifted us out! We were orphaned, traumatized by disasters but you adopted us into your Holy family. You did for us what we could not do for ourselves. Thank you Lord! Now help me do my part by looking for someone that I can help by being totally committed to doing good deeds.
In Jesus Name,