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Series: Luis Palau | Making the Most of Right Now

If we are discontented we find ourselves never resting in present circumstances and always looking to the next best thing. This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau,” Luis challenges us to make the most of right now. God can use you today.

Proper Perspective Friday, September 17, 2021

We have a great woman, Gail, who sits on our board. She reminded us recently that life comes at us in seasons outside our control. One season that came to her she describes as the DINKS. Double Income-No Kids. Gail was happily married, both had successful jobs (double income) - but no kids. Before long, they didn’t want to be DINKS any longer but couldn’t get pregnant. As the years went by, this desire for children grew. They struggled and prayed. And in God’s plan, just as they were about to adopt, she became pregnant, ultimately having three precious children.

It is hard to wait and release control of our seasons. We question God: “When? How? Why?” But His timing is perfect and hurry is not in God’s nature. Through their trials, Gail held onto Paul’s attitude described in Philippians as an example. “I consider all these things as a loss compared to the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage that I may gain Christ.”

Be encouraged, even in the season you are in. You still have Christ. Dealing with the season we are in from this perspective gives us the spiritual health and the authority to testify to God’s faithfulness and to reach our world.

This is Andrew Palau.

Historical Christianity Thursday, September 16, 2021

It can be too easy for each generation of Christians to lose sight of our heritage. One way to stay connected to all those great saints who have gone before us is to read what they wrote, and to learn the ancient creeds that have echoed through generations of the Church. I’m sure you’ve heard the Apostle’s Creed but I thought I would say it here today as a reminder of what Christians have said together for centuries: “I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth: And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary: Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried: He descended into hell: The third day he rose again from the dead: He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty: From there he shall come to judge the living and the dead: I believe in the Holy Spirit: I believe in the worldwide church: the communion of saints: The forgiveness of sins: The resurrection of the body: And the life everlasting. Amen.”

Amen! Who do you need to share this great and truthful Good News with today so they can experience life everlasting in Jesus Christ? Think about it and share it.

This is Luis Palau.

Reaching your School Wednesday, September 15, 2021

It can be easy to be impatient in school. In elementary school you can’t wait for junior high. In junior high you can’t wait for high school. In high school you can’t wait for college. And in college you can’t wait to graduate and begin life after school.

If you are a student, rather than always waiting for what’s next, I would encourage you to view school as your current vocation from God. Whatever grade you’re in, don’t rush through. Study hard, do your best. Make friends. Approach school with a commitment to excellence. As you work hard in your vocation of school, the Lord will open doors for spiritual conversations. God can use you where you are today to make a big difference with your classmates, teachers and other school staff. Work hard, and when matters of faith arise, boldly share what is true - that Jesus Christ is King of Kings and Lord of Lords, that you know Him, that you revere Him, and recommend Him too.

As Colossians tells us, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters…” You don’t have to wait until after graduation to reach your world- reach your world at school today! And God will use you in a big way.

This is Luis Palau.

Singleness Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Jill felt overlooked. All of her friends were getting married. It seemed like one more wedding every week. She tried to be happy for her friends, but it hurt to watch, as everyone seemed to get married. Then everyone started having children. Jill was smart and funny, beautiful and talented. She had a successful career, and many friends. But she started to wonder- what’s wrong with me? Will I ever get married? Does God hear my prayer?

Now, some of you single people listening may not feel this way. Perhaps you’re perfectly content in your singleness and you don’t desire marriage at this time. That is wonderful! But if you are listening today and you do feel overlooked, I want you to know that God does hear your prayers. That there is nothing wrong with you. And that while you are waiting, I pray that God would bring you comfort and peace and joy that He has promised. That you would fill up your days serving other people and sharing God’s Good News. “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.” Continue to love your friends and share in their joy. And trust in God’s perfect timing for you. Your faith during a season of waiting will be a powerful testimony to a watching world around you.

This is Luis Palau

Rainbow's End Monday, September 13, 2021

C.S. Lewis’ classic work, the Screwtape Letters, is a collection of imaginary, insightful “letters” from a wise old devil named Screwtape, advising his nephew, Wormwood, a new demon-in-training. In one letter, Screwtape writes to Wormwood, “We want a whole race perpetually in pursuit of the rainbow’s end, never honest, nor kind, nor happy now, but always using as mere fuel wherewith to heap the altar of the future every real gift which is offered them in the Present.” And you know, I’m sure most of us have been tempted to be discontent many times. Never resting in present circumstances. Always hoping to find the next best thing. We think to ourselves… If we could just… graduate college. If we could just… get married. If we could just… have a bigger ministry. If we could just… make more money.

But you know, if all we’re ever thinking of is what’s next, we will miss what God wants us to do right now. Like, today! In Matthew 6:34 Jesus tells us not to, “…worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.” Ask God to open your eyes to the needs around you right now, today. People who need to hear His Good News right where you are. You’ll be amazed at all the opportunities you find to reach your world when you live in the present.

This is Luis Palau

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