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Series: Luis Palau | Active in Evangelism

Luis Palau’s greatest thrill in life is to lead someone to salvation in Jesus Christ. This week on “Reaching your World,” he gives us some insights on how to do that. 

Salvation is God's Gift to Us Friday, June 5, 2020

My Dad has observed that resistance to the simplicity of the Good News of Jesus Christ always comes from the church. In Europe especially, he’s been criticized openly. The reverends say: “If you make salvation too easy, everyone will want it.” To which my Dad would reply: “Isn’t that the point?”

Why would we ever hold back from painting the message of Jesus Christ in all its glory? It is glorious Good News. This isn’t pie-in-the-sky, cheap grace, or a false gospel, or prosperity. It’s the biblical message, which is simple, and it’s free, and it is good. It’s great news!

Many Christians seem to forget that salvation is the freely given gift—God’s gift—to each of us. We all stand in need of the Good News of God’s gift of salvation even after we believe. Especially after we believe. The Good News never stops being good. It just gets better and better with age.

Of course, each of us will go through periods of loss, grief, sorrow, and deep pain. But in the big picture those are typically relatively limited.

We have received the greatest gift God could ever give, and now we can invite others to embrace the best news the world has ever heard. What could be better?

This is Andrew Palau.

You Can Do It! Thursday, June 4, 2020

Having a part in leading a friend or acquaintance to faith in Jesus Christ is exciting. But actually praying with someone who wants to make that decision is even more thrilling. Yet I’ve seen Christians lead someone to the point of decision and panic.  

I was on a flight from Budapest to London. A Christian woman sitting in the row in front of us stood up, turned around, and said, “I’ve been talking to this Hungarian lady, and I think she’s ready to be converted. But I don’t know how to do it. Would you help me?” Here was a sharp British Christian woman. I told her, “I’ve been listening to what you’ve been saying and you’ve done a terrific job.” But she felt afraid of doing something wrong when it came time to pray with someone ready to receive Christ.

I agreed to talk with the Hungarian businesswoman. “Did you understand what this lady told you?” “Yes.” “Are you ready to open up the door of your life to Christ?” “Yes.”  At that, I asked the British Christian woman to lead her in a prayer of decision. At first she hesitated. Then she turned to the other woman, put her arm around her, and for the first time led someone to Jesus Christ. On an airplane!

I challenge you to pray: “Lord, I want that experience. I want to know what it is to lead someone to Jesus Christ.”  He will use you. Believe me!      

This is Luis Palau.

Don't Assume Someone is Closed-minded Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Over the years I have learned that some of the people I would have thought would be the most closed-minded to the Gospel, often are the most receptive. I saw this over and over again in the old Soviet Union.

A Baptist pastor brought an acquaintance to one of our meetings in Moscow. The friend, head of an academic department at the university and a leading scientist, listened as I preached the Good News Gospel. Then, to the pastor’s surprise, this scientist prayed out loud to receive Jesus Christ as his Savior. And then, with tears, he came forward in front of everybody to confess Christ publicly.

The Russian pastor was astonished at his friend’s response to the Gospel. He was equally surprised by the phone call he received at 7:15 the next morning. “I would like to express my gratitude to you,” the scientist said. “You invited me to meet the Lord Jesus Christ. I didn’t sleep the whole night. I just prayed. I asked God whether He would pardon me.”

So the pastor asked, “Well, do you think God pardoned you?”  And his friend replied, “Yes, I’m absolutely sure that God accepts me as His prodigal son.”

Later the pastor told me, “I never thought a scientist in atheistic Russia would accept the Lord Jesus as Savior. But now I’ve seen it with my own eyes. What a great experience!” What a great experience, indeed!   

This is Luis Palau.

The Danger of doing Nothing Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Today, in an effort to be sophisticated and contemporary, many Christians have stopped trying to persuade others to follow Jesus Christ. There’s an underlying feeling in our society that nice people just don’t go around persuading other people to do things. We don’t want to offend people, appear strange, or lose our newfound status. So we do nothing about people’s eternal destiny.

I, too, have been guilty of this. At one point years ago my next-door neighbor was a young television personality. We would chat from time to time, and he even mentioned that he listened to our radio program occasionally. But I didn’t share the Gospel with him. After all, I thought, he seems completely immune to the problems of life.

Eventually, though, my neighbor changed. The joy seemed to have left his face. He and his wife started driving separate cars to work. I could tell their marriage was souring, and I felt the need to talk with him, but I didn’t want to meddle in his personal life. When I returned home from a trip abroad, I learned my neighbor had killed himself. I was devastated. I knew I should have gone to him and persuaded him to repent and receive Jesus Christ. But because of false courtesy, I didn’t do it.

Never again...never again, I said to myself. What about you?  

This is Luis Palau.

The Greatest Thrill Monday, June 1, 2020

As a young man, I was convinced I didn’t have the gift of evangelism. It was obvious. No matter how hard I tried, no one was coming to faith in Jesus Christ. Finally, I gave up.

About four days later, I was at a Bible study talking about the beatitude, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” [Matthew 5:8]. A woman suddenly stood up. She began to cry: “My heart is not pure. How can I see God? Somebody tell me how I can get a pure heart.”

I don’t remember the woman’s name, but I will never forget her words: “Somebody tell me how I can get a pure heart.”  Together we read in the Bible, “The blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from every sin” [1 John 1:7]. Before the evening was over, that woman found peace with God and went home with a pure heart overflowing with joy. How delightful it was to lead her to Jesus Christ!

When you win someone to Christ, it’s the greatest joy. Your graduation is exciting, your wedding day is exciting, your first baby is exciting. But the most thrilling thing you can ever do is win someone to Jesus Christ, and therefore to eternal life.

Believe me. I’ve been blessed to do just that my whole adult life. It never gets boring!

This is Luis Palau.

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