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Series: Luis Palau | The Light of the World

Darkness cannot swallow light. Even the smallest of flashlights can brighten a dark room. Listen this week to “Reaching Your World” as Luis Palau explains how we, as Christians, have the opportunity to shine the light of Jesus in a big, dark world. 

Light Friday, October 30, 2020

Are you afraid to stand out? Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

We cannot live light-filled lives in our society without standing out, without people noticing. Your faith should make a difference in how you live your life.
As a follower of Jesus, you have an incredible opportunity to shine the light of Christ constantly. God speaks the light of Jesus into our hearts, and his light shines so powerfully through us that as Philippians points out, we will be like stars in the universe that point the whole human race toward real life.
It’s important to remember that Jesus did not say to live our lives in such a fashion that people will see our good deeds and say what marvelous, outstanding people we are. A lamp does not call attention to itself. It’s simply placed on a lamp-stand, from which it will give the best illumination.

Embrace the light you have as a follower of Jesus and let your light magnificently shine through good works and bold evangelism.

This is Andrew Palau.

God's Grandeur Thursday, October 29, 2020

I once heard a story told about Albert Einstein that he got tired of checking out churches because their God wasn’t the God that he saw in creation. The God he saw in the universe through his telescope was so big and grand. The churches’ God, he reported, was too small! I don’t know if this really happened to Einstein, but it is true: often the way we see God is too small. If we could see God in his grandeur, we wouldn’t stop singing his glory to everyone around us. 

Psalm 96 is a beautiful Psalm! It says, “Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations.” That Psalm, when you read it, gives you a sense of the grandeur of God, you know. He is worthy to be worshipped and all creation should and will worship Him. And we should do it over, and over again.

The first line of the psalm says, “Sing to the Lord a new song!” We should sing so loud to the Lord that others will want to know who Jesus is. Then we can then tell them about the grandeur of God, a God who loves them so much he sent his Son to die for them. Let’s be a reflection of God’s grandeur, and be a light to our world in our generation.

This is Luis Palau.

You and Only You Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Over a hundred years ago, there was a missionary named A.W. Milne who went to New Hebrides to share the Good News with a tribe of headhunters. All former missionaries to this tribe had been killed by them. He lived among the tribe for 35 years and never returned home. When he died, the tribe buried him and wrote the following epitaph on his tombstone: “When he came, there was no light. When he left, there was no darkness.”

Man! When the light of Christ is within us, we are the light of the world. Like A.W. Milne, Christ uses us to spread His good news. We come and shine the light in the darkness and the light cannot be hidden. What a joy and what a responsibility!

In Ezekiel, in the Bible, the Lord says to the prophet that he is responsible for telling the people that judgment is coming. The people can choose whether or not to respond to God’s call, but first they need to hear it. That’s the job of the prophet and of all God’s followers today. Whether unbelievers hear or refuse to hear, you did what you were supposed to do. You told them about Jesus Christ.
When Jesus said, “You are the light of the world,” the word YOU is a strong one. It means “you and only you.” Let us be brave like A.W. Milne and be a light wherever we go, whether it’s New Hebrides or New England.

This is Luis Palau.

Enlightenment Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Educators often talk about the history of the Renaissance and the Enlightenment. Enlightenment refers to a time in the 18th century when science became more popular than religion. Intellectually it’s true. The Enlightenment came out of the dark ages, and the Renaissance was the result. People starting thinking more freely.

Coming to Jesus is true spiritual enlightenment. We wake up from the darkness of our world, and we have the chance to live in the light of Jesus. But Jesus Christ is far more than the renaissance or enlightenment eras. Jesus Christ is the light of the world. That means Jesus enlightens us intellectually, he enlightens us morally and he enlightens us spiritually by guiding us to His truth revealed in the Bible.

Psalm 119 says, God’s word “is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” I love that verse! The good news of Jesus is a lamp near at hand and shows us what to do, right now. The holy scriptures – the Bible - is a light that shines broadly and guides us forever. The Word of God enlightens our future. As followers of Christ, we are the light of the world. And if we are the light of the world, then our responsibility is to light the path for others. Don’t you think? What an awesome calling it is. And whatever your work, your business, or your educational situation may be, God will use you to be His light.

This is Luis Palau.

Little Flashlights Monday, October 26, 2020

I’m amazed at what a mini flashlight can do when it’s dark. I have a mini flashlight on my keychain. It doesn’t look too impressive. But when it’s dark, that mini thing can give all of the light that I need in most circumstances.
In the days of the Bible, it was a big deal when Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have eternal life.” His light is able to shine in a world of darkness. And do we live in darkness today! Whenever you read the headlines, people are lying and cheating, hurting each other. Darkness seems to be everywhere. But we are called to proclaim the word of Jesus Christ, to be His light.

In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus says to His followers, “YOU are the light of the world.” YOU, yes you! You are the light of the world! When Jesus left this world, His disciples were to spread the light. What an amazing, awesome calling! You and I have been chosen to shine full time. We are Jesus’ light in the darkness around us.

We are called to shine like a light in the midst of it all. Even the smallest flashlight makes the world brighter as we reach our world for Jesus Christ. Imagine thousands of those flashlights shining every day.

This is Luis Palau.

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