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This week on Reaching Your World.

Series: Luis Palau | Deeper with Jesus

On "Reaching your World" Luis Palau encourages us to dive deeper into our faith and boldly live out Christ’s good news message of salvation.

Worth Thursday, February 23, 2017

A friend once told me about a metaphor of human beings being like hundred dollar bills. It sounds silly, but it actually makes a lot of sense.  Our worth is a gift from God, and all of us, metaphorically, are like one hundred dollars. We cannot become any more worthy, or any less worthy—no matter what we do. Because Christianity is about a relationship, we cannot earn any more worth through religious deeds or lose God’s love through imperfection.

When I think of people as one-hundred-dollar bills, it helps me, first and foremost, to treat everyone with dignity and respect. If we truly believe that God loves everybody and everybody is worth the same amount to Him, we realize that we, too, must treat everybody with love in the same way Jesus does. 

Along the same lines of the $100 metaphor, some people might invest their one hundred dollars into others by sharing the Good News. Some people might not even realize their own worth in God’s eyes. When we understand that God loves all of us equally, and we are all of significant value to Him, it gives us a reason to follow the Lord Jesus and share the Good News. Don’t wait another day to tell someone in your world about the God who loves and values them.                    

This is Luis Palau.

The Hard Christian Life Wednesday, February 22, 2017

When we receive Jesus into our hearts, life doesn’t always get easier. In fact, for many disciples in the Bible, life became harder when they became followers of Jesus. They dealt with persecution for their faith. They faced temptation to hide their beliefs. Many even were put to death.

Today, Christians still face trials. Some of us are called “closed-minded” or mocked because of our belief in Jesus. In certain parts of the world, many Christians even risk being physically harmed because of their faith. But in the long run, in the big picture, even if we endure the absolute worst here on earth, we know that we can look forward to eternity in Heaven. And we know that Jesus walks with us each and every day, because as God’s Word teaches, “Christ lives in me.”

Even when my faith causes people to treat me poorly, I cannot neglect the truth that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. I cannot turn my back on my convictions. And I cannot even imagine life without Jesus.

As you hear this today, I hope you feel encouraged. A relationship with Jesus doesn’t mean life will be easier. But I promise you that life with Jesus is richer and fuller—and it lasts for eternity.  

This is Luis Palau.

Exclusive and Inclusive Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Many people argue that Jesus is exclusive, or just for a select few. And others say that He is inclusive, meaning He’s for everybody. The truth of the matter is that Jesus is actually both. He is exclusive and inclusive.

The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:15 that Jesus “…died for all, so those who live [will] receive His new life”. That means Jesus died for you, and me, and your neighbor down the street, and everybody. Jesus created humanity, and He desires a relationship with everyone. In this way, Jesus is inclusive. “Come to me, all of you…” Matthew 11 says.

At the same time, eternal salvation is exclusive. This does not mean you have to earn your way to Heaven, but it does mean that there is only one way to get you there. The Bible says in Matthew 7:13 that the gate to Heaven is narrow and that few people enter through it. “Whoever believes in Him has eternal life.”

This week, I encourage you to share the faith with someone in your life. Explain that Jesus is for everybody – and that not all routes lead to Heaven. You never know—you may just change somebody’s entire life with the Good News of Jesus Christ. I have seen it happen many times. There’s nothing more thrilling or exciting than that.

This is Luis Palau.

A Burning Building Monday, February 20, 2017

If you were in a burning building and a firefighter said, “Hey! Follow me. I’ll show you the way to safety.” Would you doubt him? Of course not! Would you be offended that he said he knew the only way out? No way! This illustration is kind of like Jesus Christ. Jesus truly is the only way to eternal life. But often, we – as Christians - are afraid to say it, because we fear offending people, or being called “closed-minded”.

Try thinking of the Good News gospel as a firefighter or rescue worker. The Good News message points us in the right direction. The world is filled with chaos, and many people claim they have a solution or way out. But the truth is, there’s only one way to peace. One way to eternal salvation. One way out. And that is through having a relationship with Jesus Christ.

The Bible says in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” If you truly believe that Jesus is the only way, make it a priority to share His Good News today. Be a firefighter. Jude verse 23 says, “Snatch others from the fire and save them."

This is Luis Palau.
 

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