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Series: Luis Palau | Practical Evangelism

Does the thought of sharing the Good News with someone who isn’t a believer intimidate you? This week on “Reaching Your World," Luis tells how a few simple gestures can really open the doors to talking about your faith. 

A Heart for the Lost Friday, March 19, 2021

In the Bible, Jesus repeatedly told stories of God’s love for the lost. God is like the shepherd, searching for the one lost and vulnerable sheep. He is like the father who celebrated when his lost and confused son returned home repentant. These stories illustrate God’s patient search for every single person. 2 Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish…” In other words, God is all about relationships. He cares for each and every person. I know this for a fact, because in my young-adult years, I myself was the lost sheep, and the son who left home. And yet, God showed me love and mercy through countless people in my life — especially my parents. God has this kind of love for everyone, and that is why I share the Good News every chance I get. I want others to understand that their lives are valuable. That God has a plan for them and that he loves them very much.

As you hear this message, consider who in your life is the lost sheep or the son who has not yet returned home. Do you trust that God loves them, and wants a relationship with them? If so, don’t give up! Pray without ceasing. You can reveal that love to them. Look for opportunities to share the Good News. Reach your world.

This is Andrew Palau.

Proclaiming Jesus Thursday, March 18, 2021

How often do we stop and think before we open our mouths? I know for me, it’s not often enough! But, the Bible tells us the praises of God should always be on our lips. Hebrews 13:15 says, “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise--the fruit of lips that confess His name.” What does this mean? Well, it means we should very often speak well of Jesus Christ, praising Him for dying on the cross for our sins and for giving us eternal life.

Actually, this is also a great way to share your faith. Make a habit of mentioning Jesus or making other wisely placed references to your faith in everyday conversations. Then, look for signs of interest and follow up when your friend responds with further questions. For example, you could say, “Thank you, Jesus!” or “I’m so glad God is in charge.” We don’t need to be fake, but the more we pray and read God’s Word, the more we will overflow with His praises. And people will notice!

Let’s follow Paul’s instructions in Colossians 4, “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”

This is Luis Palau.

Be Available Wednesday, March 17, 2021

As I read the Old Testament, I am amazed at how many times God calls to a person and that person responds, “Here I am!” A few examples are Abraham, Moses and Samuel. Think of the prophet Isaiah who, when the Lord said, “Whom shall I send?” He answered, “Here am I. Send me!” When I think about these men and their responses, I am amazed by the grace of our God. These were ordinary men. Yet, Almighty God used them to win battles, lead millions of people, counsel kings, and shape history. God used them to accomplish His purposes, despite their inadequacies and fears. The Holy Spirit came upon them to fulfill God’s purposes for cities and even nations.

What about you and me? Are you available? Available to God? When He calls, do you respond immediately with, “Here am I. Send me!”? Or do you falter or put conditions on your responses like, “Here I am, but not if what you’re asking me to do puts me out of my comfort zone.” Through Christ, we can be available to God. As you go about your day, pray for opportunities to share the Good News. God will answer. He wants people to be rescued! Jesus said, in John 16:23, “I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.” So, start asking for a chance to share Jesus Christ and His work, and bless your friends.

This is Luis Palau.

Breaking the Ice Tuesday, March 16, 2021

I’ve talked with thousands of people about the Good News of Jesus Christ. From my experience I have learned that if we really want to, we can start a spiritual conversation with practically anyone we meet. How? The answer is simple.

If you want to start a spiritual conversation, all you have to do is ask a leading question. Asking a question requires a response, and most people will become involved and respond to your question. First, you must have a genuine and significant conversation (even if it’s short). There are all sorts of questions you could use… You could say, “What do you think of when you hear people talking about God?” or “Do you have any spiritual beliefs?” “Where do you stand spiritually?” You might also try some more direct questions—I often use these when I’m talking to someone who might be older, or closer to death. I’ll ask, “Do you have the assurance of eternal life? Do you know that you’re going to heaven? Why or why not?” or maybe even, “What do you think happens after people die?” You’d be surprised at how easily people open up to you and share their thoughts, even if they are complete strangers.

Let’s ask questions and then try to lead our friends to put their hope in Jesus Christ, because Psalm 147:11 says, “…the Lord delights in those who fear Him, who put their hope in His unfailing love.”

This is Luis Palau.

Be Patient Monday, March 15, 2021

Years ago, God put on my heart the desire to share the Good News with New York City. I had a dream of reaching the most diverse and influential city in the world with the love of Jesus Christ, because if New York could see a Jesus-revolution, it could surely affect the whole world! At the time, I wanted it badly—but God had other plans. He sent me to London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Buenos Aires, Washington D.C.—but not New York. Then, friends at a church in New York invited our Evangelistic Association to come share the Good News in the City. 

The point I’m trying to make is this: sometimes, when we want something, we want it now—but God’s timing is different. Even though I would have loved to have a festival in New York City several years ago, I believe God was preparing me by sending me first to other major cities.

Has God put something on your heart? Do you feel He wants you to reach others with His good news—but doors just aren’t yet opening? Don’t lose heart. Be patient. Keep praying for God to direct you. The Lord’s timing is always perfect. That’s why 2 Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise...” God’s timing is best. Always!

This is Luis Palau.

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