God-filled people come in many shapes and disguises. During preparation for one
of our evangelistic crusades in Latin America some years ago, a very poor,
shoeless, unshaven man attended one of our week-long biblical counseling

Generally, the better educated, socially established, and spiritually mature
lay leaders of the local churches attend this in-depth training course. So it
was unusual to see such a poor man participating, especially considering that he
was illiterate. Although he attended every class, we didn’t expect him to do
much counseling. Little did we realize how much he really learned.

Several weeks later, every available counselor at our center was busy except
for the illiterate man. Just then a doctor walked in, requesting counsel. In
Latin America, most doctors are sophisticated and fashionable, and this doctor
was no exception.

Before anyone could stop him, the shabbily dressed man took the doctor into a
room for counseling. When our director discovered what happened, he was a bit
concerned. When the doctor came out of the room, the director asked if he could
help him in any way. “No, thank you,” the doctor replied. “This
fellow has helped me very much.”

The next day the doctor returned with two other doctors. Our director wanted to
talk with them, but the doctor refused, asking for counsel with the shoeless,
illiterate man. By the end of the week, that illiterate man had led four
doctors and their wives to Jesus Christ. What a glorious servant of the Lord!
He couldn’t read or write, but he lived a victorious Christian life.

Too often we look on the outside when measuring someone else’s spirituality.
What really counts is the power of the living Christ within.

Illustration taken from:
Palau’s book, How to Renew Your Spiritual
, Discovery House, 1995.

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Luis Palau and his ministry have shared the Gospel with more than 1 billion people through evangelistic events and media. He has spoken in person to 30 million people in 75 countries, with more than 1 million registered decisions for Jesus Christ. Luis Palau festivals have produced some of the largest audiences ever recorded in cities from south Florida to South America. His radio broadcasts in both English and Spanish are heard by millions on 3,500 radio outlets in 48 countries. Among other top-tier programs, Luis currently hosts Luis Palau Responde, an international Q&A program in Spanish, and Reaching Your World, a devotional-style program emphasizing biblical wisdom. He has authored close to 50 books, contributed articles on issues of faith to countless publications, and counseled business leaders, political leaders, and heads of state around the world.

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