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Did God create us with a unique purpose? How do we combat thoughts from the Enemy? On "Reaching Your World with Luis Palau" Luis applies biblical wisdom to these questions and others.
Words are cheap. We can say we have faith and say we have love, but if we don’t act on it by physically helping our neighbors, or investing into relationships so we can share the Good News, then our words have little value. The Good News we proclaim is realized through action. By actually doing something. Instead of saying, “It’s good to share the Good News,” we must actually share about how Jesus works in our lives.
Jesus actively responded to the whole spectrum of physical, emotional, and spiritual needs around Him. And he acted by praying, too. He didn’t just observe people. He actively chased souls, He actively prayed for people, and He actively served. In Mark 10 we read, “Even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Consider how God’s love has changed your life. Think about the friends, mentors, and pastors in your life who were active in helping you come to know Jesus. Then, consider how you might actively encourage someone in your life to follow Christ. So be bold, be active, and be diligent in pursuing and sharing about Jesus. This is Luis Palau.
No matter how often the people around Jesus rejected Him, He kept pouring out His life for His people. Jesus was and is the perfect intercessor. He never gives up on us, and we should follow His example when we are praying for loved ones who have not yet come to faith in Jesus by never giving up on them.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 says to “pray without ceasing”. Without ceasing means to never stop. Consider right now who, in your life, does not yet know Jesus. Is it your son or daughter? A coworker? A parent? A close friend? Whoever it is, I urge you to be steadfast in prayer. Look for opportunities to share about God’s love, mercy, and grace.
For many years, our son, Andrew, was not walking with the Lord. While it was discouraging, my wife and I continued to Pray. We prayed all the time, and we focused on building a relationship with Andrew. We were consistent in our efforts to share the Good News, and guess what? It worked. Andrew’s heart was changed many years ago when he agreed to attend an evangelistic festival we had in Jamaica. He received Jesus into his heart, and now he is an evangelist sharing the Good News with others, and leading thousands to Jesus Christ.
Do not give up on praying for people in your life to know Christ. This is Luis Palau.
Sometimes, the smallest things can cause the most annoyance in our personal relationships. Maybe it is an annoying habit of your close friend, roommate, or fellow church volunteer. Or an uncorrected fault by a coworker. Sometimes, these small annoyances can shake our unity as believers. And when we let our annoyance with unbelievers overcome us, we are probably not in a good place to be sharing the Good News.
So what’s the solution? When we focus on God and His grace towards us, it can enable us to show more grace to others. When we remember that we are far from perfect, yet God loves us—we can have more love for the imperfect people in our lives.
The Bible says in Matthew 7:3, “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” In Ephesians 4:2, the Bible says to act “with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love.”
I encourage you to practice grace with the people in your world. Consider loving them as God loves you and me. This will open doors to sharing God’s grace, and sharing the Good News.
This is Luis Palau.
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On "Reaching Your World with Luis Palau" this week you will learn what it means to be a new creation in Christ. This will encourage you to live your faith boldly.