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Series: Luis Palau | Simplicity

These days we’re constantly bombarded with the latest news stories, or social media updates. It’s no wonder so many of us are worn out! This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau,” Luis helps us find Jesus amidst the clutter of our lives.

Life is Short Friday, January 8, 2021

Each time I see a racing ambulance I am reminded that life is short. At any moment, any of us could take our last breath. It’s a sobering thought. Life is fragile. Every day 155,000 people die. But, for those of us who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, we can take great comfort in the fact that God knows all these things. He is sovereign and has ultimate rule over our lives. As Psalm 139 says, “all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”

My family and I were in a horrible plane crash. Ever since then I’ve looked at each day determined to live life abundantly.

Though there is comfort in knowing that God has a plan, that nothing catches Him off-guard, the uncertainty of tomorrow really should be a powerful motivator for today. Because we don’t know what tomorrow holds for us, or for others, we must make the most of every day, every interaction, and every conversation. Friend, there are too many people who still need to hear about Jesus Christ. We all have a story to share. Together, we should take advantage of every day we are alive. If God has placed someone on your heart, perhaps a family member or co-worker or neighbor, don’t delay. Pray for that person and pray for your own boldness and compassion. Then share with them the Good News of Jesus Christ. Now is the best time. It’s the time you have to reach your world.

This is Andrew Palau.

Love Thursday, January 7, 2021

Someone once asked me, “Luis, why don’t you talk more about the things God is against? You know - all of the hot-button issues.” I kind of chuckled, because isn’t this so true of us today? We want to draw a line in the sand with what we believe, and what we don’t believe, so that everyone knows where we stand.

I agree that we ought to be moral people, who listen to God’s clear teachings in the Bible. We do our best to live them out in our own lives. Yet I think the best way to show the true character of God is not by screaming the things that we are against, but rather, sharing His endless, unconditional love and power.
John 13:34-35 says, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

This week, think about who in your life needs to experience the love of Christ. Who needs to hear about the kind of love that doesn’t depend on work or deeds? That kind of love is freely given to us by a grace-filled God. Share that Good News with that person, won’t you?

This is Luis Palau.

Self-help and Jesus-help Wednesday, January 6, 2021

It seems like every time I go into a bookstore, there’s another bestselling self-help book on the front shelf. “How to be successful” or “How to be rich” or “How to be happy” or “How to be fulfilled”. It’s not that I’m against reading - I’m all for reading books that grow you spiritually and mentally. But I do get dismayed by all of the man-made “self-help” on how to be this or that when the real truth for how to live is found in the Bible, and it’s actually quite a bit simpler than these books lining the shelves at the local bookstore.

John 15:5 says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”

The truth for living a life of meaning, and purpose, of peace, and excitement, and fulfillment is this: rest in Jesus. Let Him into your heart. Walk with Him. Give Him your worries and fears. Trust Him to guide you! Pray to Him for wisdom.

As you walk with the Lord, your life will change. And as others see your life change, they’ll be intrigued. That will be your opportunity to share with them about Jesus Christ. When we receive Jesus into our hearts, our troubles don’t just go away. But when we accept Him, and walk with Him, we can rely on His strength, wisdom, love, and grace to see us through anything. So, abide in Jesus. And share about Him today.

This is Luis Palau.

Time Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Did you know that time is actually sacred? I think sometimes we get so caught up in running from thing to thing - errands, or school, or work meetings - that we can forget this. But the time we have each day, and more importantly, how we choose to spend it, is sacred! The Bible says in Ephesians 5:15 and 16, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time…“ and in Colossians 4:5, the Bible says, “Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of time.”

The bottom line is, everyone knows our days are numbered, because we’ve all had to experience the loss of a loved one, or perhaps we’re experiencing aging ourselves. So we should be capitalizing on the moments we do have by living life in a way that matters. My grandson mentioned a popular phrase to me that says, “You only live once!” and it’s true. So, are you living in a way that glorifies God? Are you seeking the lost people in your part of the world, on your neighborhood street, in your apartment complex, and sharing with them about Jesus? Are you demonstrating your faith in the things you post on social media, or the way you treat strangers? Time is limited. Spend your days sharing the Good News.

This is Luis Palau.

Noise Monday, January 4, 2021

It seems like now, more than ever, this world is full of distracting noise. I was in New York; when I was in Times Square I noticed this noise more than ever. Countless advertisements everywhere you looked. Retail stores all over. Crowds of people running from place to place.

It is all too easy for us to get caught up in the noise. We accept what the world is telling us through this noise: to be constant consumers, or work longer hours, or compare what we have to what our neighbor has. Whether you are a stay-at-home mom, or a businessperson, or a student, there are noises in your life. And while not all noise is bad, it can certainly be a distraction from what the Bible says we ought to be focusing on.

The Bible says in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” So, this week, I encourage you to do just that. Seek God first. Carve a few minutes out of your day where you can have quiet, and listen to God. As you turn off the noise from the outside world, and you open your ears to the wisdom God has, you will be inspired to share His life changing Peace with others in your life.

This is Luis Palau.

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