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Series: Luis Palau | Discipleship in the Classroom of Life

As followers of Jesus Christ we are called to be disciples. Listen in this week on “Reaching Your World” as Luis explains how being God’s students means a lifetime of learning and practice. It also means a lifetime of blessing.

What's your Legacy? Friday, January 24, 2020

Have you ever stopped to consider, “Why do I work so hard?” or “What’s my legacy going to be?” I do. Years ago, I was living in Boston, working a fast-paced retail job. I had walked away from God, and—though I didn’t realize it at the time—I was defining myself by my career. I worked late nights, was constantly stressed, and drank too much in order to chill after work. However, after a transformative encounter, God’s voice finally got to my heart. My eyes were suddenly opened to the life I was living and all at once, I realized that my legacy was a dark one. After I accepted Christ, and began walking with Him, I realized that a legacy of climbing the corporate ladder pales in comparison if outside the word of Christ, to a legacy of spreading the Good News of Jesus! It does not matter what your job is, what position you have, or if you even have a job, it’s how you live for Christ in the midst of all of it. 

Daniel 12:3 in the Bible promises, “Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, [will shine] like the stars for ever and ever.” So this week, consider—what’s your legacy? Are there people in your life who have yet to hear the Good News? Tell them!

This is Andrew Palau.

Fill up on the Word of Truth Thursday, January 23, 2020

Ed greatly respected his father-in-law, Jim, who was a pastor. He decided to ask Jim for guidance. “What do you see in my life that I need to work on?” Jim immediately replied, “You don’t love God’s Word.” Ed was shocked at first and then realized Jim was right. Although Ed studied the Word, it wasn’t with great fervor or passion.

God’s Word is truth. It outlines love, obedience and sacrifice as the ingredients of discipleship. Being a disciple and guiding others is all about truth, and about God’s presence in me.  And about the promises in God’s Word.

The more we fill up on the Word, the more it will overflow. We should read it, study it and memorize passages. Devour it and then let it pour back out to others. Ephesians 6 says the armor of God includes the “sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

I’d like to challenge you to immerse yourself in God’s Word every day. Pick a chapter you love and read it in depth. Share it with a friend or family member as you talk and discuss life, and discuss what you learned from God. Let’s learn to love God’s Word so we can use it to reach our world.

This is Luis Palau.

Love, Obey, and Give - it's not Easy Wednesday, January 22, 2020

I read the story of a family at the park recently that made me smile. The little boy was determined to ride his bike without training wheels. He tried desperately, only to fall down again and again. Finally, with great frustration he yelled, “This was supposed to be easy!”

I don’t know about you, but I have felt the same way, especially when it comes to following Jesus. The Bible says we are to love one another. It sounds so simple, but when we try to do it we find that it’s pretty hard. Encouraging people who are difficult to get along with is a struggle. Giving our time and attention to others in a rushed world is tough too.

In John 15 Jesus says, “Greater love has no man than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.” So basically Jesus is asking us to love, obey and give. Again, this sounds so charming, but it is hard if we go for it in our own strength. This week let’s encourage others to press on, even though it is challenging, but trusting in the indwelling Lord Jesus. Supporting others and asking for support in return from members of His Church is what being a disciple is about. We are reaching our world together.

This is Luis Palau.

A Lifetime of Learning Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Bill was discouraged. He was a pastor, working with a group of young men. They studied God’s word and Bill supported them as a mentor. However, over time Bill wasn’t seeing tangible results from his efforts. Two men had left the group recently. Another long-time participant hadn’t yet accepted Jesus. Bill questioned his ability to disciple. Bill’s own mentor, Frank, encouraged him by saying: “A disciple is a lifelong learner.”

The word “disciple” means “learner.” Learning is a process that takes time, dedication and practice. Our lives will be filled with opportunities to grow in our understanding. We will never be done learning!

Bill’s efforts and the efforts of the young men he mentors are worthwhile. Seeds are being planted. God’s Word is being read and absorbed. They are learning to be disciples, and Bill is learning right along with them. We are all aiming to be more like Christ. Think about what it means to be His disciple. You are a student. God is the Teacher. Don’t be discouraged, and don’t stop boldly reaching your world for Christ. God is using you to attract your friends to Christ as they see Christ living in you.                             

This is Luis Palau.

Commissioned to Invest Monday, January 20, 2020

Arlo was a lost boy. He consistently got into trouble and struggled with his studies. His parents weren’t actively involved in his life, leaving him to his own devices. Arlo would roam his neighborhood, knocking on doors looking for odd jobs to earn a little money. Jeff and Sydney, a couple Arlo visited often, made a decision on his behalf; to invest their time and attention in him. They invited Arlo to help in their garden. They ate meals and attended church together. Arlo began to improve in all areas, eventually even accepting Jesus into his life.

Jeff and Sydney are missional; not overseas missionaries sent out in the traditional way, but called to service.  Matthew 28:19, the Great Commission, says “… go and make disciples of all nations…” This is the charge that we have all been given – to go, to do evangelism, to act, to invest. Jeff and Sydney didn’t wait for the potential call of an overseas mission field, or even a degree from a Bible college. They participated in life with Arlo and it made a big difference:  his soul saved by Jesus Christ, his life turned around.

This week, ask God to guide and empower your life as you seek to fulfill the Great Commission in your town. You will see opportunities come your way to reach your world.

This is Luis Palau.

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