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This week on "Reaching Your World" with Luis Palau, Luis encourages youth to pursue bold faith. He cites amazing stories from the Bible, as well as modern situations where young people have succeeded in doing great things. That’s all to come this week!
When I was 17 and beginning to get serious about my faith, there was one Bible verse that bothered me. It was John 14:12, which says, “I tell you the truth, that anyone who has faith in me will do what I am doing.” That’s a pretty big statement! To do what Jesus and his disciples did means to step out of our comfort zones for sure. It means to spread the Good News to people we come in contact with. It means to live out the Gospel.
I see young adults today get discouraged with so many options for what to do with their lives, and not enough clear direction. As one young man put it, “I almost feel paralyzed by the amount of college majors to choose from—let alone jobs.” There has been an increase in depression in people in their teens and twenties, and I’m sure that feeling uncertain about what to do with your life only adds to the other stress involved in growing up.
But here is one reason why I love Jesus: in John 14:12, He tells us exactly what we ought to do with our lives! He tells us that if we love him, we ought to model ourselves after him! By sharing the Good News, and by living it out in our lives! Wherever you are today, with whatever decisions you have to make about your education or job—know that in any position, God calls us, as believers, to do what Jesus did. So join me today in sharing the Good News. This is Luis Palau.
You know, this is the first time in history when some of our most successful businessmen, entrepreneurs, and CEO’s are young. Mark Zuckerberg, for instance, founded the popular social networking site Facebook when he was in college. Other entrepreneurs have developed formulas or written books that have pushed us forward as a culture by the time they were teenagers. And yet, for some reason, as older Christian men and women, we still find it hard to talk to young people about faith.
Perhaps we don’t think young people can comprehend the depth of Jesus’ mercy and grace—or perhaps we are afraid of appearing uncool. But wherever you are today, I urge you to consider the next generation. Think of them as future leaders, future presidents, and future decision-makers. Don’t you want them to know about Jesus? Don’t you want them to know the Gospel? Take advantage of this time in their lives when you can influence them.
The Bible says in Matthew 19:14, “Let the children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” This week, pray for the children and young adults in your life. Then, find a time to share with them the Good News of Jesus Christ. This is Luis Palau
To all the parents and grandparents listening, I think we give our children’s friends too much credit! We are told we have no influence and that all they will care about is what their friends think. But you know, when we hold a festival, young people come by the thousands! In fact, young people come in large, large numbers! And they listen to what I have to say—and I’m not some young hipster on stage!
Young people want to know what mature, experienced people have to say, and we don’t have to pretend to be young for youth to listen to us. In fact, one young woman I know told me that she thinks young people are all starving for meaning, purpose, and truth. When they aren’t getting Biblical wisdom from parents at home, they often turn to other things to fill their God-shaped void.
So today, I want to encourage you to reach the youth in your life. Perhaps it’s a son, or granddaughter, or even younger sister or nephew. Take responsibility for being their living example of what a Christ-follower looks like! Sit down with them, listen to them, and be real! Share about your own relationship with Christ. There is no better gift you can give a young person than that of salvation through Jesus. This is Luis Palau.
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