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Series: Luis Palau | Our Mission

This week, on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau” Luis suggests we can reach our world with God’s Good News by imitating other Biblical leaders, by reaching out in our neighborhoods, by praying for others, and by using what we have to bless others.

Evangelism and Social Change Friday, January 10, 2020

To suggest that evangelism makes no contribution to solving the world’s problems ignores history. Evangelism always has social implications, because it takes place in a social context.

Celebrated Russian author Leo Tolstoy described his experience with Jesus Christ this way: “For 35 years of my life I was…a nihilist—not a revolutionary socialist, but a man who believed in nothing. Five years ago faith came to me…and my whole life underwent a sudden transformation. What I had once wished for I wished for no longer, and I began to desire what I had never desired before.”

The Gospel can change a society because it first changes individuals, who begin to change their families, who change neighborhoods, communities, and then cities. Yes, this quiet revolution is slower than many people are willing to accept, but it is very powerful.

Like the apostle Paul, "I am not ashamed of the gospel."  Why? "Because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes” [Romans 1:16 NIV]. I cannot imagine anything that helps people more than introducing them to Jesus Christ. Evangelism saves people not only from dying without Christ, but also from living without Him. What could be better? 

This is Andrew Palau.

Our Talents to Bless Thursday, January 9, 2020

Someone I know has always said, “Your talents and resources are God’s gift to you. What you do with those gifts is your gift to God.”

This saying reminds me of a story about my dad and his friend, Mr. Rogers—who was an executive for an international oil company. The two of them used to travel to villages in Argentina and preach the Good News Gospel. They were both using their resources to further the kingdom of God. Many people were saved and new churches were formed in the towns they visited! A few years ago I learned that my dad would then build houses for those left in charge of the church, and chapels for those churches. He was an excellent builder, and he used that talent to bless others.

When God blesses us with talents, it is a great gift for the church, our families and those less fortunate. In Proverbs 10:22 it says, “The blessing of the Lord brings wealth”. This may not mean financial wealth—but a wealth in wisdom, or a unique ability. When we use the things we have to bless others, we are showing others what the kingdom of God looks like!

Can I encourage you to use all the talents you have to help spread the Good News and the love of God? In this way, you will reach others with the generosity of Jesus, which in the end means eternal life.

This is Luis Palau.

Intercession Wednesday, January 8, 2020

I visit many churches, and am always touched when I hear prayers for intercession. An intercession is a prayer on behalf of another person, and you know, it is highly effective to pray for others.  And very thrilling! A woman once told me that she felt called of God to intercessory prayers, and I asked her immediately to pray for me every day. There is nobody who is above or outside of the need for prayer.

We all have our part to play in the army of God. Intercessors are a vital necessity. In the Army or Navy you have your Special Forces units—like the Navy Seals. Their missions are rarely made known to the world. I see intercessors as Christ’s “Navy Seals”. They have prayer missions that we rarely know about. But when we get to heaven, oh boy, will there be some awesome stories we’ll hear! In the book of Ephesians it says, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”

My friend, as we go about our day let’s not discount the role of praying for our brothers and sisters and neighbors. Is there someone in your life whom you can be praying for? Do it!  Do it now, why not?  It’s a very exciting experience. 

This is Luis Palau.

Your Neighborhood Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Missionaries to foreign nations seem to have all the adventures when it comes to reaching the world. But we can find opportunities right in our own neighborhoods. My wife, Pat, found an opportunity in our own neighborhood through a women’s book club. At first all the women were a bit nervous when they found out she was the wife of an evangelist. They never chose any of her book suggestions. It took a long time, but eventually one of the women came to know the Lord. Following this, the women in the group began to open up to my wife. We even had a women’s lunch at our city-wide festival and all of those women from the book club came.

In the Bible it says, “run the race with perseverance, the race marked out for us.” In this case, my wife’s race was slow to start and her book club required lots of patience and perseverance. Nothing ever happens in our timing—but in God’s timing it was perfect!  As we look for the tasks Christ is calling us to, let’s not overlook those opportunities closest to us. Even in our own families things can take a long time. But let’s never give up hope. Persevere for those in your neighborhood as you reach your world.

This is Luis Palau.

Start by Imitating Monday, January 6, 2020

When I started as an evangelist my role model was Billy Graham. I would listen to his radio messages every chance I had. I even copied how he presented the Good News. Eventually I developed my own style. But years later I confessed to Mr. Graham that I had used his notes and outlines in my own evangelism when starting out. Was he annoyed? Most certainly not! He told me he had probably developed his own preaching style by emulating people before him.

It’s okay to imitate teachers of the Bible as we begin to reach our world provided they are true to scripture, of course. This is exactly how Jesus taught and equipped his own disciples. The disciples traveled with him for three years and Jesus sent them out two by two to do what he had modeled for them. They learned through imitating. The Apostle Paul says, “Be imitators of me as I am of Christ.”

As the Lord puts a mission on our hearts to pursue let’s not get discouraged by not knowing where to start. Instead let’s search for those who have gone before us and glean from them. Perhaps you could even help serve their mission, become their apprentice. Then as you seek to walk out on your own, use this wisdom to reach the people in the world around you. That’s what I did.

This is Luis Palau.

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