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Have you answered the call? Have you listened to the quiet whispers from Christ? Learn this week the different ways God can use us and lead us closer to him. Whether it’s the friends in your life that help guide you spiritually or you’re going through a season of suffering. God uses many incidences and experiences in our lives to draw us closer to Him!
James Madison, the fourth president of the United States once said we should be wary of laws “so voluminous, that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.” I think the same warning should be heeded in our explanations of the Christian faith!
I find one of the biggest hindrances for people in reaching their world is overcomplicating things. If we can’t even articulate what we believe, how do we expect anyone else to understand? We use all sorts of confusing terms, and complicated explanations, and sometimes I wonder if the whole point is missed entirely! Einstein once said, “If you can’t explain it to a six-year-old, you don’t understand it yourself.”
Make an effort to simplify your explanation of the Good News gospel. Make it so simple a six-year-old could grasp what you are saying. Remove all confusing terms and references, and get back to the basics. There’s always a simple word to replace a complicated word. When St. Paul addressed the jailor in Philippi he kept it very simple. He said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.”
Whom can you share this beautifully simple and direct message with today?
German pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer once said, “the aim of friendship is exclusively determined by what God’s will is for the other person.” That’s really true, isn’t it? You know, I believe friendship to be one of God’s greatest gifts in this life. We are told in Proverbs that a friend “loves at all times.” Christian friendship is different than your average friendship. Two people can share common interests, or a similar sense of humor. But Christian friendship goes deeper. Christian friendship aims to point each other to God and to help each other spiritually grow in their knowledge and understanding of Him.
I’ve got several great friends from my teenage years in Argentina. Terrific guys. We don’t often see each other, but when we do it’s like we chatted a week ago. They love jesus Christ just like I do. Often we serve Him together around the world. On the other hand, like the songs says, “The best friend to have is Jesus.”
It is important to consider the kinds of friends you have in your life. If you want to reach your world, the right friends can help you do it! And the wrong friends could keep you from doing it. Ask the Lord to bring you friends who will work with you to reach your world- it will make all the difference.
A radio ad for a seminar sounded interesting. The announcer said, “You can beat death- for good, I’ll show you how.” That’s quite a claim, isn’t it? I’m sure many would be interested to attend a seminar on that subject. But you know, it turns out the announcer actually said “debt,” not “death.” That made much more sense! But it got me thinking- Jesus beat death, by paying our debt. Isn’t that amazing?
We all owe a debt for our sin. But Jesus paid it through His death on the cross. And so Jesus is the only one who can truly say He has beaten death! And through Jesus, we too can experience life eternal. It’s one of the most amazing truths of the Christian faith.
In First Corinthians St Paul says, “O death, where is your sting?” Paul continues in Second Corinthians saying, “the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself… Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” Beating death is possible, but only through Jesus Christ. Whom will you share this incredible news with today?
When we walk with Christ, there is a daily battle to fight the temptations of the enemy. This week on Reaching Your World with Luis Palau learn how to overcome temptation. We do have many weapons we can use against sin. We may feel weak when it comes to temptation but Jesus says the Spirit is willing.