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Series: Luis Palau | Living for Jesus

This week on “Reaching Your World,” Luis Palau shares inspiring stories about what it means to live for Jesus. With Christ at the center of our lives, we can be used by Him to bring peace, light, and His truth to those around us.  

Side by Side Friday, July 16, 2021

Evangelism can be a lonely task. After all, proclaiming the Gospel can require leaving your comfort zone and stepping out in faith. The Bible assures us that we will face obstacles and opposition. This is why fellowship with other believers is essential.

By working alongside other believers, we get the opportunity to learn from each other’s experiences, gain encouragement from common ground, and engender a revitalized boldness for sharing the Good News. Even reading the stories of great evangelists and followers of Christ can bring a shot of empowerment when you need it most.

Collaboration in evangelism can also help us reach more people more effectively. Proverbs 27:17 says, “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” While each of us can accomplish anything with the help of the Holy Spirit, God did not mean for us to serve Him in isolation. To gather as followers of Christ, even by the handful, is a powerful thing. And, as we demonstrate His love in our relationships with one another, we become a testimony to the world.

This is Andrew Palau.

Taking the Light into Darkness Thursday, July 15, 2021

About 4:00 a.m. little Olivia was startled to tears by an ambulance siren in the street. When the babysitter had put Olivia to bed in the evening, she had forgotten to switch on the night light. However, when her mother turned on the small yellow light, the child quickly went back to sleep. The darkness was gone, and with it, her fear.

It is a scientific truth that light always goes into darkness, not the other way around. Darkness cannot overcome a candle, it must wait for the flame to flicker out. But light takes effect instantaneously, as soon as a match is struck, or a switch flipped on.

Jesus said, “You are the light of the world…let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)

Going into the darkness of our world can be scary, intimidating, but that is where Jesus wants us to be. Staying in our familiar, comfortable, Christian surroundings is not the way to reach our world.

We need to find out where our neighbors and coworkers hang out and join them there. That’s where we can shine the brightest. And that’s where you will find opportunities to share the Good News of salvation in Jesus Christ. And by the way, here’s a question: Are you walking in the light with God? Are you enjoying the light?

This is Luis Palau.

How Sweet are Your Words! Wednesday, July 14, 2021

I’ve just been reading Psalm 119 again, and I got excited. This psalm is all about how wonderful God’s Word is. Every verse – and there are 176 in the psalm – has something to say about how powerful and how precious it is. The first verse says, “Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the LORD.” Verse 9 is for youth: “How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.” Verse 37 is a powerful prayer: “Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.” Verse 114 gives us confidence: “You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.” Do you want to be wise? Read verse 130: “The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.”

But read it for yourself, the whole psalm. I hope it will give you a renewed love for the Word of God, and a desire to dive into it. My father taught me at a very young age the value of spending time in the Bible every day. All my adult life I have been an evangelist, speaking to people of all kinds pretty much every day. If I had to rely on just my own thoughts and my own words, I would have run out of things to say long ago. We have an invaluable treasure in the Word of God, and I encourage you to read it. Memorize verses so that when you talk to someone about Jesus, you can quote Him.

This is Luis Palau.

Harvest in Athena Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Bob is a farmer in eastern Oregon. He first heard me preach in 1978 and immediately got the vision for an evangelistic outreach in his home town of Athena – population just over one thousand. We were not able to schedule it at the time, but Bob was persistent.

Finally, everything finally fell into place, and I and a few others of our team drove across Oregon to Athena. Over half the town’s population crowded into the high school auditorium, where we had a BMX bike demo and I gave the Gospel message. About 120 people in that small community received Jesus Christ into their lives that day, and Bob was ecstatic. The dream he had for 35 years had come true!

Bob’s drive and persistence are impressive. He pushed us all to get on board and do our part. He mobilized the churches in the area and got dozens of believers involved. The success of this event can be laid at the feet of that one man.

Do you have a dream? Is there something God has laid on your heart? Don’t be afraid to take the first steps towards making it come true. Trust that God will make something wonderful and fruitful happen if you are persistent and faithful in working towards the goal. Remember what Galatians 6:9 says: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

This is Luis Palau.

An Oasis of Peace Monday, July 12, 2021

Did you see the movie, “War Room”? In it, a Christian pastor was viewing a house that was for sale. When he went into a certain closet he could sense that a lot of praying had been done there.

I’m reminded of an incident a friend of ours told us about. She was home late one evening when the doorbell rang. A young girl was on the doorstep, crying and shaking all over. It was Linda, an acquaintance of her sons’ who had been there before with a group of young people. Linda’s story was a sad one of taking one wrong step after another, until now she had reached bottom. That evening, Linda had been doing drugs with her boyfriend when she suddenly was seized by a desire to get out. She said that when she had been in my friend’s house before, she had a sense of peace and wellbeing, so now that she was in trouble and needed help, that is where she turned. My friend was able to share Christ with Linda and lead her in a prayer of repentance.

In the Gospel of John, Jesus said about Himself, “I am the bread of life … I am the light of the world … I am the way, the truth, and the life.” Let’s make our homes welcoming places where we can introduce people to Jesus, who will fill all their needs.

This is Luis Palau.

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