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Series: Luis Palau | Go Share the Gospel

Have you ever felt nervous about sharing the Gospel? This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau,” Luis discusses why and how to share the Good News in our everyday lives.

A Call to Rescue Friday, October 2, 2020

It’s easy to hear pastors or evangelists like me say, “Go share the Gospel!” and think, “Sure, Andrew, I do intend to get to that later.” In fact, there have been times in my own life when I didn’t see the urgency in sharing the Good News. In almost every situation, it is easier to remain quiet than to boldly proclaim Christ. But the reality is, the Gospel is an urgent message. People need to hear about Jesus today. In a very joyful, clear, and bold way. The Bible relates the importance of sharing the Good News in Proverbs 24:11, saying, “Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter.” Before I knew Christ this was me and I was desperate.

At any moment, something could happen to any of us. This happened to me in a plane crash in 2009. Life here is fragile and temporary. So consider who in your life still needs to hear about Jesus. Who has yet to accept Him into their hearts? Pray for an insight about who you could talk to. Then, be bold! Share God’s message. The best place to start is by telling what God has done in your life. In that way you will reach your world with the Good News today. I encourage you to do it.

This is Andrew Palau.

God is Relevant because... Thursday, October 1, 2020

At a festival in New York City, a woman seemed to be asking me, “is God still relevant?” My answer? Absolutely! When people ask if Jesus Christ is relevant to us today, the answer is a resounding yes! He is relevant to every aspect of our lives. And do you want to know why? It’s because Jesus Christ suffered, died in our place, and rose again on the third day. So we have a God who understands our suffering.

Whether you’re struggling with a lost job, or broken relationship—Jesus gets it. Isn’t that amazing? In Peter’s first letter in the Bible, he tells us, “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.” When we suffer, we are sharing in Christ’s suffering. And the Bible says that this is cause for rejoicing.

Our God understands our daily struggles and challenges. Jesus Christ is relevant in our sufferings. He will guide us through it. Elisabeth Elliot writes, “In all our afflictions he is afflicted. We are together in them...” Will you share the relevancy of our Savior with a suffering friend today?

This is Luis Palau.

The Empire State Building Wednesday, September 30, 2020

A friend of mine told me this: “When I was in New York City I decided I wanted to visit the Empire State Building. So, I took out my phone and used GPS to direct me to the building, from my hotel. Yet, I still got lost. When I finally got to the building and arrived at the top, I could see the route I had tried to take from above, and everything was so clear.” And I thought, you know, this is a metaphor for life.

The Bible says in Proverbs 16:9 that “The heart of a man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Often, though, I think we forget to look to God—who sees everything from above, with absolute clarity—for wisdom and direction. When we get lost in the city of life, we keep going and try to “undo” or “fix” our problem, instead of saying, “Okay, Lord! I need your guidance.” We too often won’t admit we are lost and just trust God to guide us.

This week, I encourage you to trust in God afresh. Recommit yourself to trust God’s word. Trust that He sees everything from above, and ask Him for guidance, for the next steps you should take, with problems you may be facing.

This is Luis Palau.

What's the Point? Tuesday, September 29, 2020

I spent a lot of time in New York City for a large evangelistic outreach there. While in the city, I met people from all walks of life. Some of the people I met seemed to have it all: loads of money, great jobs, homes in the Hamptons, you name it! But one day, a comment struck me. A lawyer I met, who is not yet a believer, said to me, “you know, Palau, I appear to have everything, but I feel so empty.”

I thought to myself, “this is really sad.” Here is this sharp man who seems to have everything—but in God’s eyes, he has nothing. He could die tomorrow, without assurance of salvation, and his beautiful home and fancy cars would be meaningless.

But the reality is, all over the world there are so many people living for only money, or misunderstood success. Popular culture tells us we should be living this way, by glamorizing fancy cars, giant homes, and celebrity culture. But living this way doesn’t work. It doesn’t fulfill our spirits. It leads to emptiness, which is another way of saying, “You are dead in your disobedience and your many sins.”

This week, I challenge you to assess your priorities. Where is your heart? What are you living for? The Bible says in Matthew 22:37 that “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind”. So do it! And share this with others in your life.

This is Luis Palau.

Just Go Monday, September 28, 2020

I saw a shirt recently that said, “Enjoy it! Because it’s happening.” And, you know, I like that motto, because it’s true about life. Life isn’t going to wait for us to be prepared. Life doesn’t stop so we can get our priorities in order. Life just keeps moving. “It’s happening”—so we may as well be part of the ride.

The thing is, I often meet Christians who aren’t taking advantage of each moment in life. They don’t open up and share the Good News because they don’t feel qualified to share the Good News. They say, “How can I evangelize, when I’m just a…student, or lawyer, or mother?” But here’s the thing: God does not call on the qualified. God qualifies the called. Life is happening, and it’s not slowing down. You may not get another chance to share the Good News with the person sitting next to you, so why not do it today?

The Bible says in Acts 13:47, “I have made you a light for the nations… that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth”. So just do it! I encourage you this week - be bold! Take advantage of the moment. Trust the Lord that He will prepare you with the right words to say. Share the Good News!

This is Luis Palau.

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