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Series: Luis Palau | Passionate Youth

God doesn’t always call on the highly qualified to fulfill His mission. This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau” Luis points out that God often uses young people to help spread His Good News. 

Reaching your World through your Children Friday, June 26, 2020

Do you teach your kids that they can be used by God to reach the world with the love of Jesus Christ? Parenting is hard work. My wife Wendy and I are constantly on our knees begging God for wisdom and guidance as we raise our three children. We feel compelled and convicted to teach our kids the very same truths that changed our lives - the truth that God has a heart for the world and for the lost. 2 Corinthians 5 makes it very clear that we are called to be Christ’s ambassadors, that Christ makes his appeal through us. What a privilege! What an honor! 
As parents, it’s pretty easy to raise selfish individuals. Our generation places a heavy emphasis on the child - their accomplishments, their needs, and their schedules. This is great. But, we need to teach our children clearly and constantly that God wants to reach others through them. All their education, accomplishments, and privileges should translate into the same burden that God has for the people of this world. If you have children, ask the Lord to impress on their hearts a desire to reach their world. And you, as a parent, model for them what it means to actively share your faith. They’ll notice your example and who knows how God will use them to radically influence the people in their lives.
This is Andrew Palau.

The Best Thing You could ever Do Thursday, June 25, 2020

I know a woman named Danielle who has a young brother, named Jon. Today, Jon is 17, but years ago, when he was 9, Danielle gave him a Bible. For years, Jon didn’t touch the Bible. As a young teen, he got into trouble with the law. Danielle prayed for him and continued to pour into his life. She would text him Bible verses that God laid on her heart, and she loved him even when she was hurt by his actions.

One day, a few months ago, Jon texted Danielle a picture of the Bible she had given him years before. In his text he said, “Remember the Bible you got me 6 years ago? I’ve still got it. I’m reading Proverbs 3:5-6, which say to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Danielle cried tears of joy when she received this text; after years of prayer and pouring into Jon’s life, he had opened his heart to Jesus.

I share this story because the best thing you can do for those you love is plant seeds of faith in their lives. Talk to them about Jesus. Share with them your Bible. And don’t give up on them! God has a heart for young people, and He wants to use you to reach them.    

This is Luis Palau.

An Encouragement to Youth Wednesday, June 24, 2020

When I was 17 and beginning to get serious about my faith, there was one Bible verse that bothered me. It was John 14:12, which says, “I tell you the truth, that anyone who has faith in me will do what I am doing.” That’s a pretty big statement! To do what Jesus and his disciples did means to step out of our comfort zones for sure. It means to spread the Good News to people we come in contact with. It means to live out the Gospel.

I see young adults today get discouraged with so many options for what to do with their lives, and not enough clear direction. As one young man put it, “I almost feel paralyzed by the amount of college majors to choose from—let alone jobs.” There has been an increase in depression in people in their teens and twenties, and I’m sure that feeling uncertain about what to do with your life only adds to the other stress involved in growing up.

But here is one reason why I love Jesus: in John 14:12, He tells us exactly what we ought to do with our lives. He tells us that if we love him, we ought to model ourselves after him. By sharing the Good News, and by living it out in our lives. Wherever you are today, with whatever decisions you have to make about your education or job—know that in any position, God calls us, as believers, to do what Jesus did. So join me today in sharing the Good News.

This is Luis Palau.

Underestimating Youth Tuesday, June 23, 2020

You know, this is the first time in history when some of our most successful businessmen, entrepreneurs, and CEO’s are young. Mark Zuckerberg, for instance, founded the popular social networking site Facebook when he was in college. Other entrepreneurs have developed formulas or written books that have pushed us forward as a culture by the time they were teenagers. And yet, for some reason, as older Christian men and women, we still find it hard to talk to young people about faith.

Perhaps we don’t think young people can comprehend the depth of Jesus’ mercy and grace—or perhaps we are afraid of appearing uncool. But wherever you are today, I urge you to consider the next generation. Think of them as future leaders, future presidents, and future decision-makers. Don’t you want them to know about Jesus? Don’t you want them to know the Gospel? Take advantage of this time in their lives when you can influence them.

The Bible says in Matthew 19:14, “Let the children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” This week, pray for the children and young adults in your life. Then, find a time to share with them the Good News of Jesus Christ.

This is Luis Palau

Reaching Young People Monday, June 22, 2020

To all the parents and grandparents listening, I think we give our children’s friends too much credit! We are told we have no influence and that all they will care about is what their friends think. But you know, when we hold a festival, young people come by the thousands. In fact, young people come in large, large numbers. And they listen to what I have to say—and I’m not some young hipster on stage.
Young people want to know what mature, experienced people have to say, and we don’t have to pretend to be young for youth to listen to us. In fact, one young woman I know told me that she thinks young people are all starving for meaning, purpose, and truth. When they aren’t getting Biblical wisdom from parents at home, they often turn to other things to fill their God-shaped void.
So today, I want to encourage you to reach the youth in your life. Perhaps it’s a son, or granddaughter, or even younger sister or nephew. Take responsibility for being their living example of what a Christ-follower looks like. Sit down with them, listen to them, and be real. Share about your own relationship with Christ. There is no better gift you can give a young person than that of salvation through Jesus.                       
This is Luis Palau.

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