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Series: Luis Palau | Five Ways to Reach your World

On "Reaching Your World" Luis Palau points out some things we need to check on in our own hearts and minds to enable us to effectively share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Light Friday, October 19, 2018

Are you afraid to stand out? Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

We cannot live light-filled lives in our society without standing out, without people noticing. Your faith should make a difference in how you live your life.
As a follower of Jesus, you have an incredible opportunity to shine the light of Christ constantly. God speaks the light of Jesus into our hearts, and his light shines so powerfully through us that as Philippians points out, we will be like stars in the universe that point the whole human race toward real life.

It’s important to remember that Jesus did not say to live our lives in such a fashion that people will see our good deeds and say what marvelous, outstanding people we are. A lamp does not call attention to itself. It’s simply placed on a lamp-stand, from which it will give the best illumination.

Embrace the light you have as a follower of Jesus and let your light magnificently shine through good works and bold evangelism.

This is Andrew Palau

By loving Unconditionally Thursday, October 18, 2018

Have you ever heard the expression, “nothing compares to a mother’s love” or “nothing compares to a father’s love”? This expression often refers to the fact that parents will never stop loving their children—no matter how many times their children might mess up. As a father to now-grown children, I can tell you that this expression is very true. There is nothing that any of my children could do that would ever stop me from loving them. Nothing! And you know, this is how God, our heavenly Father, feels about each of us.

No matter what we do, and no matter how many times we fall short and mess up, God still loves us. This is a belief unique to the Christian faith. We know as Christians that Jesus gives us unconditional love in the form of grace! But you need to repent, believe, and receive Christ. If we want to reach our world, we can do so by exhibiting unconditional love to those around us. This love is not just for people who are like us—it is for everyone.

The Bible says, in John 3:16, “for God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” I encourage you to demonstrate God-like love as you go about this week.

This is Luis Palau.

Through being Vulnerable Wednesday, October 17, 2018

I think as Christians, we sometimes feel as though we have to be perfect. We don’t want to be seen as hypocrites, or perhaps we fear judgment, so we may be afraid to talk openly about our sins or personal struggles. The problem is, when we hide these things, people can’t relate to us. The average person knows that they are flawed, whether they are a Christian or not. So it can be off-putting when we aren’t open about our internal battles.

When we share with people honestly and openly about the places we fall short, we allow them to see two things. The first is God’s grace. For example, by sharing that I continually mess up in a certain area, and yet God still loves me, others see that God will love and forgive them. The second thing that happens when we are open about our sin, is that people can witness God’s incredible healing! When sin is no longer hidden, shame and guilt lose their power, and God’s healing process can begin.  The book of Romans says that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. By being honest about where we fall short, we can reach the world with God’s grace and healing in a very special way.  Because God offers forgiveness to those who are honest and humble themselves, and believe in Him.

This is Luis Palau.

Through Sharing your Story Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Whether I am talking to thousands of people or giving a message on the radio, I often start with a story. I love stories because they do not just tell how God works, but they show the real, tangible ways that God is changing lives. For example, I could say to you: “Jesus has the power to change a life” and it would be true. But if I told you just how Jesus changed my life—that he gave me a source of hope, a new outlook, a purpose, and abundant grace—you would be able to better understand just how powerful Jesus really is. Your personal experience, or story, is something no one can argue about.

God wants you to share your story with the world. Romans 8:28 in the Bible says, “We know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love Him”. So tell of how God has worked in your life.  Whether it is a family member, coworker, classmate, or stranger, giving your story is a great way to show the power and authority of Jesus. As you go about this week pray for an opportunity to share what God has done in your life, and watch as God reaches those around you through your story. Jesus said, “Ask and you will receive.”  He loves to answer such a prayer.  So ask Him and the door will open and you’ll have a great opportunity.                       

This is Luis Palau.

Letting Go of Bitterness Monday, October 15, 2018

I heard a story of a young man who, as a little boy, watched his father get taken away by members of the government. This happened in a country that did not treat prisoners well. Years later, this young man became a pastor and God impressed upon him that he had been carrying bitterness towards the government that was affecting his life. Through prayer, he was able to forgive and let go of this bitterness. The people close to him were stunned.

After telling his story, the pastor said that “bitterness had become an epidemic” in his country—and you know, I think this is true everywhere. Whether it’s the woman whose husband left after years of marriage, or the dedicated employee who worked hard only to be laid off: bitterness is a human emotion that has a way of creeping in and taking over.  When we are overcome with bitterness, we are unable to fully experience God’s grace. The Bible says that we “all fall short of God’s glory.” And once we realize this condition, and we acknowledge that God has shown us undeserved grace, we can do the same for the people in our life who have wronged us.

Are you bitter about something? If so, ask God to help you let go and forgive. Through this, God will show His grace to people in your life.    

This is Luis Palau.

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This Weeks Offer



Luis has many online resources available for you which can give further teaching and inspiration.  Our website is www.palau.org.  There, go to “Resources” and then “Articles.”  You will find such titles as “God’s Promises for You," and "Why I’m Excited for Heaven."

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Go Share the Gospel

Have you ever felt nervous about sharing the Gospel? This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau,” Luis discusses why and how to share the Good News in our everyday lives.