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Series: Luis Palau | Sharing the Good News

In the Bible, God commissions His followers to proclaim His Good News. This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau,” Luis shares from his experience some practical tools for evangelism.

The Gift of the Present Friday, August 13, 2021

We all know someone who is living in the past. The person who has the regrets they won’t stop talking about. And we’ve all been there – true? And we all know someone who is living in the future. That’s the person who is constantly worried about what’s to come. And we’ve all been there – right? But the gift of Jesus, is really the gift of the present.

What I mean is, as believers, we know that Jesus died for our sins. The cross has removed the shame and guilt of our past. And because of the cross, Jesus wiped our slate clean. And we know that our future is secure, because of Jesus Christ’s resurrection. Nothing that happens tomorrow will detract from our eternity in Heaven.

So, as followers of Jesus, we have the gift of today. We have only today. And our job, according to the Bible, is to live for Jesus right here, and right now. Mark 16:15 says, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation”. Our call is to share the message of salvation. When should we do it? Today. If God opens the door today, will you share about Jesus? Don’t wait for tomorrow, or worry about the past. Reach your world today.

This is Andrew Palau.

The Bumper Sticker Thursday, August 12, 2021

I heard a funny story from a pastor friend recently. He had a Christian sticker on the back of his car, and one day, his wife came to him and suggested he remove it. The pastor was shocked. “Why?” he asked her. His wife looked at him and paused, before saying, “Well, sweetheart, you are a mean driver. You cut people off. Sometimes you yell things. And that’s not very Christian.”

While this story is sort of funny, it brings up a good point. As followers of Jesus, we are the body of His church. Now this doesn’t mean we have to be perfect, but we should be aware of our influence. Are there areas of your life that you haven’t really turned over to God? Are there parts of you that would confuse people if they saw them? Do people at work, or at school, know that you’re a follower of Jesus by the way you act and the standards you hold yourself to? These are all important questions to consider.

The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” This week, remind yourself that you are a new person in Jesus. Then, as you claim your faith publicly, do your best to live like Jesus. You better believe others will see you, and this may open the door for some good conversations about Christ, and about their salvation. 

This is Luis Palau.

Influential People Wednesday, August 11, 2021

A few years ago, Time Magazine published a list of the most influential people in history. The list included 100 people who contributed to society in a variety of ways. In first place was Jesus, and rightly so. Further down the list were people like Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, and King Arthur. As I read this list, I found myself thinking, “What makes a person influential for God?” I also wondered, “What if the most influential people in society used their position to share the Good News of Jesus?”

The truth is, we all have some influence, whether we realize it or not. Maybe you have a child, or a sibling who looks up to you. You have influence on them. Or perhaps you’re a manager or supervisor at work; you better believe your coworkers are influenced by you! Whether or not your influence is recognized by standards of this world – you have it. So how will you use it?

The Bible calls us to use our position for the glory of God. Matthew 5:16 says, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” So, use your influence to let the light of Christ shine in your life and through your actions. You’ll be surprised by how many people are watching.

This is Luis Palau.

Our Mission Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Have you ever considered what your mission in life is? I ask because sometimes, people get so caught up in the day-to-day motions that they forget we’re called to be living with a purpose. A big purpose. An exciting plan for your life.

A long time ago, when I received Jesus into my heart, my mission in life changed. Before I was walking with the Lord, I wanted to be a banker or a lawyer. I wanted to make money and be financially successful. That was it. But with Jesus, my heart shifted. My goal became more about saving the lost than building my bank account. Although, both can go together, by the way. As followers of Christ, God calls us all to help people find and follow Jesus. In fact, Jesus outlines this mission in Mark 16:15 which reads, “And he said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.’” (Mark 16:15)

I urge you to live out God’s mission for your life. Start by considering who in your life does not yet have a relationship with Jesus. Pray for them by name, and look for opportunities to share the Good News with them. You don’t have to be a pastor or a missionary to share the Good News; you just need to have a heart for Christ, and for people’s spiritual good.

This is Luis Palau.

The Power of Your Story Monday, August 9, 2021

A few years ago, after a festival, a young man – call him Joe -approached me. He said, “Luis, how can I share the Good News? I’m not an evangelist. I’m not a pastor. And I’m not a missionary! I’m just an ordinary guy.” In response, I said, “Well, has God changed your life?” Of course, Joe said “Yes!” So I told him, “If God has changed your life, then you have what it takes to share the Good News! You have personal experience! You have a first-hand understanding of the power of Jesus!”

Often, I see people like Joe, who are afraid to share the Gospel because they don’t have some credential that gives them some imagined authority. But the truth is, we don’t need the title of ‘Pastor’ or ‘Missionary’ to tell the Good News. All we need is a heart for Jesus, and the story of Him working in our lives.

People cannot argue with how God has changed your life. So this week, be bold about telling your story. Tell the world how you went from being lost, to being found in Christ. Tell of the peace you have in Him. Be honest. Be vulnerable. And be confident that God can use your story to bring others to Him. He said, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you shall be my witnesses" (Acts 1:8).

This is Luis Palau.

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