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This week on Reaching Your World.

Series: Luis Palau | Why We Don’t Reproduce

Many things can keep us from sharing the Good News.  Maybe it’s unconfessed sin, the fear of man or rejection. Learn  how in Christ, we can overcome the many things that hinder us. Christ has called us to go and make disciples across the nations!

Andrew Palau: Getting lost Friday, August 22, 2014

Where I live in the Pacific Northwest, every year hikers get lost while hiking on Mt. Hood. Some for several days! Yet without fail, dozens of people move out within hours to search for them. These rescue teams are aware of the risk to their own lives, but still they move right into the danger. And every year people are saved!

Like a search and rescue team, God moves in our lives. He is constantly waiting without fail to rescue us from danger or from walking down the wrong path.

Not only does God rescue us, He also calls upon us to join in to rescue others, too. The book of Proverbs says, “Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, ‘But we knew nothing about this,’ does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?

Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?” Imagine, God says he will actually repay us for what we have done. So what is holding you back from sharing the Good News today? Be a rescuer! Find someone who is in need of rescue and tell them about the peace and hope that are found in Jesus Christ. There are opportunities all around us today to reach our world.

Religious Activity Thursday, August 21, 2014

God tugged at my heart as I sang a hymn at church many years ago. I felt God say, “You sing of being a soldier of the cross, and yet you do nothing. Think of Mildred Cable and Francesca French—those two missionary ladies in Asia, whom your mother read to you about and whom you met several years ago.” My thoughts turned to my early years of cowardice in the faith and how little I was doing compared to those two godly, single missionaries in Asia.

This woke me up to the fact that all the Bible studies and training was supposed to lead to God’s calling in my life, not to an end-all knowledge of Christ. God expected me to do something with the knowledge, to produce new disciples and to not just be spiritually busy at church meetings.

There is nothing wrong with learning about Christ – the more, the better. But Jesus says, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man...”

Jesus expects us to practice what we learn from Him and about Him. So let’s practice Christ’s words, become practicing disciples and reach the lost in our world day by day, by day.

Lack of Spiritual Purpose Wednesday, August 20, 2014

As a young teenager I lost my passion for Christ. Looking back I can see I was well taught, but my spirituality was based on performance. I had no goals or dreams with and for God. I knew what I had to do and not do to be a good follower of Christ. It was a mild form of legalism.

Praying, reading the Bible, studying, and going to church can get boring fast if that’s all there is to one’s faith. I found myself bored in simply going on and on in the same old routine of sincere religion. There was no spiritual purpose in my life. I had no desire to share this boredom with others and I didn’t.

But when the Lord showed me He wanted to do great things together, I had purpose again. I got fired up for my faith and wanted others to know it. God says, “So, because you are lukewarm--neither hot nor cold--I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”

Let’s be on fire and passionate about our faith so we can share it with others. We can do this only by letting Christ live in us and through us, more than us living for Christ. My friends, it is amazing how Christ will reach the people in your world through you, if you let Him live through you.

Fear of Man Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A year after giving my life to Christ at age twelve, my zeal for the Lord dissipated. I began to hang out more with friends who weren’t interested in God. At the time I believed going to dances or reading magazines about cars were sinful to do on Sunday.

But I did these things anyway with my friends. I stopped boldly sharing my new faith with others. I felt worldly, sinful, and guilty but couldn’t get out. I knew deep down that I still belonged to Christ. But the pressure not to be considered a fool was too much for me.

“Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe,” it says in King Solomon’s proverb. As a young teenager, fear of my friend’s perception and fear of rejection motivated me, and I’m ashamed of it.

The fear of man can hinder many followers of Christ in sharing the good news. We learn to avoid situations where we could be rejected. It is difficult to overcome these natural fears but Christ’s perfect love can. I learned to overcome these fears and so can you! My friends, the reward of sharing the good news with someone and seeing them accept Christ is worth any risk or foolish fears.

Unconfessed Sin Monday, August 18, 2014

I once heard a story of a young woman who had had an affair. After ending the affair, she began to develop tumors in her body. This woman had re-dedicated her life to serve God but never confessed her sin.

One day the Lord impressed on her the need for confession. She chose to listen to God, confessed her sin, and a couple of months later, attended a crusade and was miraculously healed. Whether or not God used the tumors to get her attention, I don’t know.

But in the same way disease in our bodies can prevent physical reproduction, so too unconfessed sin is the disease that can keep us from healing and growing spiritually. Paul, the apostle, says about sin, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” If we keep unconfessed sin in our lives it can hinder us from affectively healing and knowing the eternal life Christ desires for our lives.

In order to effectively reach our world with the love of Christ be sure to leave no sin unconfessed. Let’s be quick to repent and remind others of the eternal life that is available in and through Jesus Christ. 

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