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Series: Luis Palau | Evangelism Today

Can evangelism be part of our everyday lives? The short answer is, “Yes!”  This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau,” Luis considers why we’re called to share the Good News, and how we can be the light of Jesus to people in our lives. 

How to Love Others "as Yourself" Friday, November 5, 2021

Almost everyone knows the Greatest Commandment. We find it in the books of Moses, in the writings of ancient Jewish rabbis, and on the lips of our Lord Jesus Christ and His apostles.

The first part of the Greatest Commandment is fairly easy to understand. We’re to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul, strength, and mind.
The second part of the Greatest Commandment, however, isn’t very easy to understand. Down through the past five centuries, most English Bibles say: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

So, what does “as yourself” mean? I think a couple of new Bible translations finally make the meaning crystal clear when they say: “Love others as much as you love yourself.” First, “Love others” reminds us that everyone is our neighbor. Second, “as much as you love yourself” reminds us of the Golden Rule which says, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” That is also a quote from Jesus Himself.

If you’re happy that you know the Lord, if you’re grateful that your sins are forgiven, if you’re thankful that you’re a son or daughter of the King of kings, what’s the loving thing to do? Share the Good News of Jesus Christ with others. Let’s do just that again today.

This is Andrew Palau.

The Second Coming Thursday, November 4, 2021

Within the Church, we talk a lot about sharing the Gospel with people so that they can experience God’s grace, forgiveness, and love. And we talk about sharing the Good News so that people receive eternal life. But we don’t talk a lot about sharing the Gospel because of the very real fact that Jesus promised a second coming. But I believe we should be talking about this, because the Bible promises Jesus could return at any time. It’s supposed to be a great surprise.

The fact is, the Bible says in many places that there will be a second coming. In 1 Thessalonians 5:2, it says “You yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.” Matthew 16:27 says, “For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done.”
We don’t know when Jesus will return, but we do know that it could happen at any time, so let’s start sharing the Good News with this also in mind. Let’s share the Gospel with purpose, with fervor, and with intent—because we may only have today to do so.

I urge you to be bold in telling people about Jesus. Tell what He has done in your life. Share from experience. Share with conviction.

This is Luis Palau.

Be the Light Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered and honored for his peaceful efforts to abolish racism and racial inequality. One of his greatest quotes was, “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.” I like this quote, because it’s true! Love is the only force capable of transforming people. And who is the greatest source of love? Jesus, of course! Not only did Jesus love us before we even knew Him, Romans 5:8 says, “While we were still rebels (sinners), Christ died for us.” The Bible says in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life”.

As you go about your daily life, I encourage you to practice love. Love people who are hard to love by showing them grace, kindness, and forgiveness. Love people by sharing with them the free gift of salvation that’s found in Jesus Christ. Love people by never giving up on them — because God never gave up on you! As your actions reflect Christ, people will likely ask you why you’re behaving a certain way; that is where you can then share your faith. Share about Jesus, and His unending love. And explain that they, too, can receive God’s free gift of love.

This is Luis Palau.

Kids Tuesday, November 2, 2021

In this day and age, a lot is being made about a child’s right to their own choices on almost all issues in life. And in many ways, I think it is good for kids to cultivate their own interests. For example, we need more women in the fields of engineering and mathematics, so we should encourage little girls who show interest in these fields. But recently mainstream culture has pressured parents into not sharing their faith with their kids, in an effort to let their kids form their own beliefs, they say.

The problem with this thinking is the word of God - the Bible - says very clearly that Jesus has a heart for children. As parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles – we who personally know Jesus Christ - it is our obligation to impart our faith to children as best we can. In fact, if we know how amazing God is, why on earth would we want to hide His gift of salvation from our kids? Walking daily with God is life with a capital L.

The Bible says in Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” If you are a parent or grandparent, I urge you to really consider how you’re sharing your faith this week with your family. Have an intentional conversation with a child in your life about Jesus. Be bold—kids are receptive, you know.

This is Luis Palau.

Evangelism is not Optional Monday, November 1, 2021

I was in the grocery store when I heard a mother say to her son, “Jason, will you put that back on the shelf?” Jason, her young son, looked at her and said, “No.” To which the shocked mother said, “Actually Jason, that wasn’t a question. Put that back on the shelf.” When I saw this interaction, I chuckled to myself, because sometimes, I think, you and I can be like Jason towards God. God may be asking us to do something—to which we are saying no. But the reality of the situation is, some things God asks of us aren’t questions; they aren’t optional. They’re really more of commands. One example I can think of is evangelism.

How often do we not share the Good News because we don’t want to, or feel uncomfortable or awkward talking to a friend? The fact of the matter is, Jesus doesn’t ask us if we feel like sharing the Gospel. The Bible doesn’t say, “will you please tell people about me when you’re feeling up to it?” Instead, the Bible says in Mark 16:15, “Go into all the world and proclaim the Gospel to all creation.” This week, why don’t you do just that? Share the Good News as if evangelism were not optional. Because it’s a command, not a suggestion.

This is Luis Palau.

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