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We all have special gifts. Some gifts are easy to detect—like a special skill or talent. Others, are things that are unseen: our passions, our ability to listen or empathize with others. This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau” Luis talks about how we can use our gifts to help spread the Good News. You will be challenged and motivated as you listen in to “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau”.
Most of us are results oriented to some degree. We finish something; we want to see the outcome as soon as possible. We want the award and the reward, the “A” grade, the diploma, the promotion, the thumbs up, the high five- you name it, we want to make it happen- and we want it to happen fast! Well, that’s wonderful when it happens, but as fun as that may be, work in evangelism doesn’t always turn out that way.
The other day I was sharing the Good News at a church way up in Alaska. As I was talking with those who came forward, a man shared his story of how the band Mercy Me said in a concert he was at that people should get plugged into a church, so he came… to that Church… the day I spoke and gave his life to Jesus. Ironically enough, a few days later, Mercy Me and I were on a flight together to Dallas. I shared this man’s story with them and they were so encouraged! Had that divine orchestration not occurred, Mercy Me may never have heard the outcome of their evangelism- but God knows. I hope this encourages you too!
We do not labor in vain! Paul writes, “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor.” Remember that God will take care of growing the seeds you plant. Will you faithfully plant seeds this week? This is Andrew Palau.
William Wilberforce was a British politician, most famous for abolishing the slave trade. What some may not know is he may not have accomplished abolition at all, if not for the advice of a few friends. As a young man, Wilberforce was a rising political star. When converted, he immediately felt conflicted. His career was taking off but he felt he should quit his political career and join the ministry. He consulted his friend William Pitt, who would soon be prime minister. He also consulted his friend and clergyman John Newton. They both counseled him to remain in politics, and to use his faith as the foundation of his work. And that is just what he did. Motivated by his Christian faith, Wilberforce sought to end slavery and make other societal reforms as well. In Isaiah, we read, “Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.”
As we follow Scripture’s guidance to care for the “least of these” we will have many occasions to share the Good News. Wilberforce is an amazing example for Christians everywhere of serving God through your vocation – even politics. Whether it be politics, business, medicine, teaching, or politics… Whatever work you are doing, serve God there, today! You can reach your world right where God already has you. This is Luis Palau.
I’ve been spending a lot of time in New York City lately for CityFest. I recently read an interesting New York Times religion article titled, “A Christian Apologist and an Atheist Thrive in an Improbable Bond.” The article was about a Christian apologist who is a University of Pennsylvania law professor, David Skeel, and his friendship with an atheist post-doctoral fellow at Penn’s medical school, Patrick Arsenault.
After attending an event about faith and reason that Skeel hosted, Arsenault contacted him. He was intrigued that Skeel was willing to tackle the tough questions of Christianity. Since that time they have had an ongoing dialogue about matters of faith and reason. So far, Arsenault remains an atheist, and Skeel a Christian. But their friendship and civil dialogue has caught the attention of many. Skeel is remaining faithful in an academic setting that is often hostile to faith. Are you willing to befriend someone who has completely different beliefs from yours?
In the book of Acts, when Jesus called St. Paul, He said He was sending Paul as a missionary to, “open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins.” May that be our prayer for our friends who are still spiritually lost, as we reach our world. This is Luis Palau
Some say that Christianity is responsible for many evils in history. That it is anti-intellectual. Opposed to progress, reason, and science. As you reach your world, you may encounter people who feel this way. I want to remind you that Christians throughout history have been responsible for much good. They have been responsible for some of the best music and art. Some of the most important advances in science and medicine. And they were the original founders of many of the universities, hospitals, and charitable organizations we still have today. Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth- these were all founded as Christian institutions. In music and science consider Bach, Galileo, and Sir Isaac Newton, to name just a few.
You see, Christians have advanced science. Made beautiful art and music. Founded excellent academic institutions. Cared for the sick and poor… Christians have been responsible for so much good throughout history!
God told the prophet Jeremiah, “Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have sent you.” How are you seeking “the peace and prosperity” of your city and society in general? Let’s continue the legacy of these great men and women who have gone before us. What will you do to reach your world?
This is Luis Palau.
Johann Sebastian Bach is widely considered one of the greatest musicians in history. But did you know he was a serious Christian? Did you know that more than three quarters of his compositions were intended for use in worship? Bach said, “Where there is devotional music God is always at hand with his gracious presence.” Many today refer to him as the fifth evangelist because his music shares God’s Word with the world. He once said, “The aim and final end of all music should be the glory of God and refreshment of the soul.” Upon hearing Bach’s “Passion of St. Matthew”, Skeptic Frederick Nietzsche commented, "One who has completely forgotten Christianity truly hears it here as gospel."
Today Bach’s music is appreciated by Christians and non-Christians alike. One wonders if what draws so many to his music is the truth that inspired it all. What gifts has God given you? Like Bach, you can use your gifts to reach your world. Imagine if Christians everywhere sought to use their gifts to the glory of God. You’ll be amazed how God will use the gifts He has given you to draw others to Himself. St. Peter tells us, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another.” This is Luis Palau.
In this CD, Luis explains how you can grow you faith, and the seeds you have planted! To request a copy of this CD, call us at 1-800-ASK-LUIS and mention this offer!
For many people, February is a month we choose to express love to important people in our lives. But do you know what God defines love as? This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau,” we will dive into what the Bible says about love. Luis will explain what true biblical love is, what love looks like in action, and how God commands us to love. That’s all this week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau.”