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Series: Luis Palau | Legacy

Have you ever thought about the legacy you will leave? This week on “Reaching Your World” Luis Palau considers how you can shape that legacy and leave a lasting impact on the world. Luis gained this wisdom throughout a life spent serving God. 

The Power of Your Story Friday, May 7, 2021

A few years ago, I wrote a book called The Secret Life of a Fool. The book is my story – my testimony – and how God changed me. During the writing process, I sometimes wondered, “Is my story really that important?” And time and time again, I was reminded that yes, my story is important not because of me, but because it shows the power in what God can do.

As you listen to this radio program today, I want to remind you that your story is important, too. God wants to use your story to change people’s lives. So all you have to do is tell it.

Psalm 107:2 in the Bible says, “Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story, those he redeemed from the hand of the foe.” This is your personal testimony. Nobody can argue with what God has done in your life, so have courage. Be bold!

In Romans 15:18 Paul says, "I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and what I have done." Are there people in your life wjp have yet to hear the Good News? You be the one to tell them. Share your story with the people in your life today. Your story just might change somebody’s life for all of eternity.

This is Andrew Palau.

How it Starts Thursday, May 6, 2021

Throughout the years, many people have asked me, “Luis, how did your evangelism start?” My answer is always the same. “It started with love.” First, with God’s love. The Bible says in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” As I began to understand God’s love for me I began to feel a growing love for others. And this love for others is what drives me to share the Good News with them. I want everyone to hear about Jesus; I want everyone to experience eternal life now on earth, and spend eternity in Heaven.

The Bible says in Galatians 5:22, “…the fruit of the spirit is love…” and in Galatians 5:14, “For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself”. Think about how much God loves you. He sent His only Son to die on the cross for you. His love isn’t something you have to earn, and it’s not something that will ever go away, no matter how many times you may fall short. Now, consider showing others this same love. Selfless, grace-filled, with their best intentions at heart. One way you can show your love to others is by sharing the Good News with them. So do this, won’t you?

This is Luis Palau.

Things of Value Wednesday, May 5, 2021

A godly man named Jacob is the pastor of a church in a very wealthy area. For many years, Jacob and his family lived in one of the town’s nicest neighborhoods to be near the church he pastored. Now, Jacob didn’t own a fancy home in this area – but when his children were in school, he and his wife built a tree fort in their yard. As Jacob’s kids grew older, their kids’ friends always came over to the pastors house, to hang out in the tree fort and enjoy Jacob’s wife’s cookies. Even though many of the children had large sprawling homes, Jacob’s house was always the gathering place.

I love this story, because it reminds me that what you have is not what matters; it’s how you use what you have to glorify God. Jacob had a modest home. But, he and his wife showed kindness and hospitality to their children’s friends—and it made an impact in that community.

Consider how you can use what you have to glorify God. Hebrews 13:1-2 in the Bible says, “Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers…” so do just that! Open your home, your heart, or at least start a conversation about Jesus with someone near you.

This is Luis Palau.

Urgent vs. Significant Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Our world is increasingly cluttered and noisy, and in a hurry. This is never more apparent than when I’m in a big city, like New York or Buenos Aires. Loud music, big billboards, colorful ads on city buses and taxis. It can be hard to know where we should be focusing. And sometimes, our own lives work the same way. There’s so much going on in our jobs, or at school, or within our families, that we can forget to focus on the most significant thing of all: our walk with Jesus Christ. I once heard a pastor say, “Don’t replace the significant with the urgent.” In other words, don’t waste all of your time on things that don’t have eternal meaning; make sure you’re putting effort into growing in your faith, and helping others come to know Jesus, too.

This week, make it your mission to focus on the “significant” – that is, Jesus Christ. Spend time diving into God’s word, attend a Bible study at your church, or just spend five minutes in prayer. Then, look around for people to share your faith with! Mark 16:15 says, “And He said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the Good News Gospel to the whole creation”. So go! Do something significant to reach your world.

This is Luis Palau.

What's your Legacy? Monday, May 3, 2021

You know, I think many of us forget that eventually, our time here on earth will end. When we believe in Jesus Christ and have received Him into our hearts, this is not a frightful thing because we know we get to spend eternity with Him. But, it is still important to consider what kind of legacy we’re leaving behind.

My longtime mentor, Billy Graham, once said, “The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith.” And I completely agree.

So, as you listen to this radio program, consider—what kind of legacy are you creating? What will you leave behind? The Bible says in Psalm 112:1-2, “Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in His commandments. His offspring will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in his house, and their righteousness endures forever.” This week, practice building your legacy by talking to your children, siblings, or even parents about Jesus. Share your faith in a way that is honest and relatable. A legacy of faith will bless generations to come.

This is Luis Palau.

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