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Series: Luis Palau | Telling your Story

Every follower of Jesus Christ has a story to tell. This week on “Reaching Your World,” hear from Luis Palau on the importance of sharing your testimony. Learn the key steps in getting started, and how to rely on the Holy Spirit.

Practice what you Preach Friday, October 25, 2019

In Matthew 23, the Lord challenges His disciples to “practice what they preach.” And, He gives us the same challenge. I was thinking about those two words – practice and preach. Preaching is what you say – what you proclaim. Preaching is telling others what you believe. The definition of “preaching” is “to proclaim and make known.” We understand preaching. But, practicing…

Practicing is the application of our preaching. Practicing is performing and exercising regularly what we say so that it is seen in both our words and our actions. Practicing is “habitual or customary performance.” In order to be credible and believable, we can’t say one thing but act in the contrary. We must be consistent, constant, and reliable – not just “talking the talk” but “walking the walk.” Jesus’ warning in Matthew 23 can be applied to all of our lives. There, He points out hypocrisy and calls His followers to a different life – one of endorsing our words through actions.

As followers of Jesus, let’s examine our lives and see if there is any place where we are “preaching” but not “practicing.” Then, let’s ask God for His forgiveness and change our actions. Let’s be men and women who don’t just say that we believe in Jesus, but whose lives reflect that truth.

This is Andrew Palau.

Write it Down! Thursday, October 24, 2019

The other day I read that only about 5% of Christians have ever led anyone to Jesus Christ. If people knew the thrill of witnessing a life changed by Christ, I believe they would begin sharing their story as often as possible. It truly is the greatest and deepest joy for me to see someone come to know Jesus.

Sometimes I have had Christians tell me they feel uneasy or unsure when to share their testimony. One simple bit of advice I’ve found very helpful is this- write your story down first. Take the time to do it.  It will be a great joy for you to remember the details of what God has done in your life. And then the next time you have an opportunity to share your story, you’ll know what to say. All because you took the time to write it down. If you’re listening to me on the road right now, when you get home, I want you to take out a pen and paper, or pull out your laptop, and write down what God has done in your life, and how it all started. As the Psalmist wrote, “I will remember the deeds of the Lord.”

Remember His deeds, think them through, write them down, and then share them as you reach your world.

This is Luis Palau.

Identifying with the Other Wednesday, October 23, 2019

I’ve seen it over and over that people identify more with others who have had similar experiences. My wife Pat is a cancer survivor. Those suffering from cancer listen to her because they know she’s suffered before. Our son Andrew was rebellious as a young man. Other rebellious young men listen to him because they see that he gets it. His wife, our beautiful daughter-in-law Wendy, has had the pain of several miscarriages. Other families who have suffered that devastating loss are comforted in talking with Wendy because she understands. It opens doors for the Good News Gospel.

As you are preparing to share your story, try to find a common ground. Nobody wants to talk to a stuffy person who acts like they’re perfect. Try your best to relate to the person you’re talking to so they know they aren’t alone. St. Paul writes that God has comforted us in our difficulties so we can comfort others. Listening to someone with empathy and understanding may be the one thing that will open up their heart and mind to the Good News.  And that way you are reaching your world.

This is Luis Palau.

Common Pitfalls Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Sharing your story can feel awkward at first. Especially if you haven’t before. Trust me, I’ve been there. We all have.

On a flight from Hungary to England with a team colleague, two women were sitting in front of us that we’d never met before.  We didn’t even know that they knew us.  She was telling the neighbor, fabulously explaining the way of salvation.  We were listening because they were talking quite loudly.  Then suddenly she gets to the point of leading this woman to Christ and she turns and says, “You’re Luis Palau aren’t you?  Will you help this woman to give her life to Christ?”  I said, “No. You’ve done a terrific job.  Use Revelation 3:20.”  And she did.  And the woman surrendered to Christ.

I’ve learned through the years a few things NOT to do when sharing your story. First, try to avoid Christian clichés. You know the ones I’m talking about - those big words we say in church that someone new to church would have a hard time understanding. Second, avoid going into too much detail about your past life. It’s important to share the transforming work of Jesus in your life, but sharing too many details makes that the focus.

Use these simple reminders to guide you in sharing your story. Ultimately, the work of evangelism is about the Spirit of God at work. Jesus said, “the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you ought to say.” Rely on the Spirit as you share your story and you’ll reach your world,

This is Luis Palau.
 

A Trio Monday, October 21, 2019

Did you know that you are never alone when you are sharing your faith with someone? There are three people involved: you, the person you’re sharing with, and the Holy Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit will guide you as you step out in faith to share the Good News. You are never alone. I can see why someone would be scared to share their faith if they felt they had to do it alone. But you never have to.

I met a high government official of the People’s Republic of China in the capital city of Beijing. I was nervous even though I have experience.  But I was put at ease instantly.  He was far more open to the Gospel than I ever imagined. He opened up the conversation by saying, “Mr. Palau, I’m a Communist, I’m a Marxist, and I’m an atheist.  Welcome to China!”  Oh!  I began to tremble, but he’d read the Bible three times.  He was open to Jesus, and in fact, three years later he gave his life to Jesus Christ.

God wants to use you to reach the world for Him. The Bible says in Joshua, “Be strong and courageous.” You don’t have to be afraid to share your faith. God will show you how. You can reach your world. You do it by faith. You’ll never regret it because you are depending on the Holy Spirit who dwells in you.

This is Luis Palau.

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