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Series: Luis Palau | Joyful Service

This week, “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau” is all about joy. Luis will answer questions such as “why does God ask us to be joyful?” “What is the difference between joy and happiness?” and “How can our joy be a tool for evangelism?” 

A Smile can Make a Difference Friday, June 18, 2021

I can’t tell you how many times someone has said to me, “Andrew, thank you for taking time to talk to me, or “Thank you for listening to my story.” All it takes to make someone’s day is a moment of your time, a smiling face, and open ears. God made us to be relational beings, but so often we end up feeling lonely in our struggles. With social media and instant access to TV and the Internet, we can see people all around us who appear to be doing just fine — even great - and this makes us feel isolated.

I believe that God wants for us to be an encouragement to the people in our lives. The Bible says in Proverbs 15:13 that “A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed.” This week, consider how you might offer a kind gesture to someone in your life. Perhaps it means smiling at a stranger, and asking them about their day. These kinds of gestures could open the door to a conversation about Jesus—and we know that He is capable of changing lives.

This is Andrew Palau.

Keeping an Eye on the Goal Thursday, June 17, 2021

Have you ever got into an argument with someone over something petty? Or perhaps you looked at a decision someone made and thought, “I could never be friends with that person!” It’s our human nature to experience conflict from time to time, but one thing I’ve noticed in my years of evangelism is that if we keep our eyes fixed on our goal of sharing Jesus, we are less likely to have conflict over small, inconsequential matters, or what I like to call “non-issues.”

As believers, our goal should be, “how can I imitate Christ? How can I share about Jesus with the people who have not heard of Him?” Mark 16:15 says, “And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the Good News Gospel to the whole creation!” This means we’re called to share the Good News—not bicker with our neighbors over small matters.

Today, I challenge you to put aside differences you may feel and talk to someone you ordinarily wouldn’t about Jesus Christ. Remember that Jesus opened his arms to everyone. As you go about your day, keep yourself focused on this eternal goal.

This is Luis Palau.

Pleasure vs. Joy Wednesday, June 16, 2021

A few years ago, I wrote a book called High Definition Life. I also wrote a version for youth. In the book, I talked a lot about joy; especially the difference between joy and pleasure. In our culture, there are a lot of things that bring us pleasure, and these aren’t always bad! Maybe it’s grandma’s famous pumpkin pie that brings you pleasure, or receiving flowers from your husband, or perhaps it’s getting an “A” on a report you worked hard on. But true joy is different from pleasure. Genuine joy comes from within, not from outside us.

In John 7:38 in the Bible, Jesus said, “If you believe in me, come and drink. For the Scriptures declare that rivers of living water will flow from within.” Did you catch that? Rivers of living water don’t flow from outside of us, meaning we can’t derive true joy from things in this world. Rather, from within.

The difference between joy and pleasure should give you hope, because it means that regardless of what you’re facing right now, it’s possible to have joy if you rely on Christ, because His spirit is within you. Share this Good News with someone today; tell someone how he or she can have the same joy through Christ.

This is Luis Palau.

God Moments Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Are you the type of person that just moves from one thing to the next? It seems like being “busy” or over-booked is normal these days. And I’ll be honest; at times I’ve been guilty of over-booking my schedule, too. I’d think to myself, “There’s just too much work to be done! How can I rest when there are so many souls who need to hear of Jesus Christ?” But, the truth is, when we create space in our schedules we have more time to devote to God. And I’m not necessarily talking about spending hours praying or at church, though those are certainly important. Instead, I’m talking about time we can devote to sharing the Good News with people around us.

This might look like grabbing coffee with a friend who does not know Jesus, or maybe it means inviting your neighbor over for dinner and sharing with them about God’s presence in your life. Whether it’s a friend, a family member, or a stranger you just met, people tend to respond positively when you talk from experience.

So this week, I challenge you to clear time in your schedule, and make a moment to talk to someone about your experience with Jesus. After all, sharing the Good News is the best way you can spend your time.

This is Luis Palau.

Joy for Jesus Monday, June 14, 2021

I’m a grandfather and a dad, and one thing I know is that parents usually want their kids to be happy! They want them to play and laugh and have a contented life. And according to Jesus, God wants this for us even more than parents want it for their kids! It is not God’s will that we shuffle through life, miserable. Instead, God wants His people to celebrate and enjoy life! Psalm 68:3 says, “But let the godly rejoice. Let them be glad in God’s presence.. Let them be filled with joy!” 1 Thessalonians 5:16 says, “Always be joyful.” And John 16:24 says, “Ask and you will receive, that your joy will be complete.”

So, whether you are talking with family over dinner, or whether you strike up a conversation with a stranger at the grocery store, remember to show them the joy of Christ in your life. Chances are, people will notice your joy, and they’ll try to figure out why. This will be an excellent opportunity to share about the Good News of Jesus Christ. Tell them how Jesus has changed your life and how, even when things aren’t perfect, Jesus is your source of joy.

This is Luis Palau.

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