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Series: Luis Palau | Older and Wiser Instruments of God

Often, with age and maturity comes the ability to speak more confidently about your faith. This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau,” Luis is talking about how older, wiser, and more mature believers can have an eternal impact. 

God Created You Friday, August 20, 2021

When I became a parent, I began to understand the importance of treating my kids as unique and independent people. One loves boundaries, another one pushes on boundaries, and another one doesn’t seem to see the boundaries at all. One loves soccer, one loves lacrosse, one loves drawing. The truth is, we are all unique! Sometimes, society praises certain qualities over others—but God created each of us with a divine purpose in mind.

Psalm 139:13-14 in the Bible says, “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” This week, consider what your unique qualities are. Are you confident, charismatic, or do you pay special attention to detail? Then, consider how God might want to use you to help spread His message. Are there people in your circle that don’t go to church? Maybe you’re the person to share the Good News with them! Are you a leader in your community, school, or neighborhood? Perhaps others would go to church with you if you invited them. In any case, know that you are unique, and you were created for a purpose.

This is Andrew Palau.

Modeling Service Thursday, August 19, 2021

After my father and the rest of my family came to know Christ, we became evangelists. My father shared Christ’s love with everyone he met, and because of his example, I did the same. I’m still doing it over 70 years later! This is a great example of what Proverbs says: “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6) I’ve never departed from it, and my children and grandchildren are also serving Christ.

Modeling a life of Christian service to the younger generations makes a huge impact. As older Christians, we need to model what it looks like to serve God through His church. This means not just going to church each week, but being involved. This might mean teaching Sunday School, volunteering to bake for church events, or passing out bulletins on Sunday mornings. Maybe our bodies don’t work as well as they used to, but we can still find places to serve the body of Christ. This will show our grandkids and the younger generations that church isn’t only for us – it’s for God and for others who need to know God’s love. The church is made up of people, and those people need to give their gifts and talents in the service of God. This will prompt the next generations to do the same, and we will see what a beautiful difference service can make in our world.

This is Luis Palau.

Godly Memories Wednesday, August 18, 2021

If you’re older, like I am, many of the memories you have are filled with people who are no longer with us on this earth. But those memories are cherished. Some people have memories of their grandma teaching them how to bake, or their grandpa mowing the lawn. Maybe they remember a next-door neighbor who always had lemonade, or a great uncle who told awesome stories. None of those memories would exist without quality time spent together.

One of the best ways to share God’s love with our grandkids or younger folks is to just invite them into our homes and lives. We can cook them a meal or take them grocery shopping. Show them old pictures. Have them over for a sleepover on a Saturday and take them to church the next morning. As Deuteronomy says, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. You shall teach [these laws] diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up.” (Deuteronomy 6:5)

Our grandkids should see that Christ is at the center of our lives and our homes. We need to start building memories that the younger generation will keep forever, and make the love of God part of those memories. They will remember, and pass on the love of God to their kids, grandkids, and young friends.

This is Luis Palau.

Sharing our Spiritual Lives Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Why is it that younger folks listen to older folks like me? Well, a few reasons. One is that they know we’ve been around the block a few times, and we know what life is like. The other thing is that it’s not our job to rebuke them. We leave that to their parents. We are free to be the grandparents and mentors who can share freely from our lives what God has done for us.

So, how can we do that? Easy. We can share our Christian lives with them. We should show them ways that we draw close to God, and include them as part of our spiritual practices. One way to do that is to pray for them. We can ask our kids and grandkids how we can pray for them. Then when we do it, we should tell them. The Bible says that if we call on God, he will hear us (Psalm 145:18), and we can show what that is like in action. We should especially pray for those who do not know Jesus among our family – and tell them too. Maybe they won’t understand what it means, but they will know that we care for them.

Another way we can share our spiritual lives with the younger people is by sharing Bible verses that mean something to us or apply to their lives. We’ve had the chance to read the Bible a few more times than they have, so when they’re struggling with something, we should share God’s word with them. Again, they may not understand it completely, but they will feel heard and loved, and they will slowly draw closer to Christ.

This is Luis Palau.

Speak Up Monday, August 16, 2021

People say that age is only a number. Well, as someone who recently turned 82 years old, I agree! Sometimes I walk past a mirror and think, “Who is that old guy?” Other mornings I wake up and my body reminds me just how many years I’ve been alive. American culture doesn’t always appreciate those of us with gray hair, but just because some of us are older and wiser than others doesn’t mean that God stops using us. He doesn’t say, “You’re too old to do my work.” Never! In fact, the older we get, the greater responsibility we have to share God’s love and wisdom with the younger generations.

Why is this our job? Well, because younger people listen to us. Many of you have grandchildren, like I do. I once read a study of 1,000 college kids from the top 100 universities in the country. They were asked how often they listen to the advice and information of those around them. They said they listened to their peers less than 30% of the time, and they listened to their parents about 60% of the time. Who did they listen to the most? Their grandparents! They listened to us 83% of the time.

Our grandkids and our younger friends listen to us. In Jeremiah 15 God says that if we speak with a clean heart, we are God’s mouth (Jeremiah 15:19). So, speak up if you’re an older adult; speak God’s truth to those around you. The younger folks are listening.

This is Luis Palau.

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