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Series: Luis Palau | One Thing you Lack

We sometimes sing the hymn “I Surrender All.”  Do we really mean that?  On “Reaching your World” this week, Luis Palau considers what it looks like for us to surrender all we have to God. 

Our Hearts Innately Desire God Friday, April 12, 2019

Did you know our hearts innately long for and desire God? No matter what we try, we can’t fill the longings inside of us.

In his Confessions, St. Augustine wrote: “Our hearts are restless until they find their rest in You.” That’s referring to God.

Blaise Pascal talks about this, too. In his Pensées, Pascal wrote: “What else does this craving, and this helplessness, proclaim but that there was once in man a true happiness, of which all that now remains is the empty print and trace? This he tries in vain to fill with everything around him, seeking in things that are not there the help he cannot find in those that are, though none can help, since this infinite abyss can be filled only with an infinite and immutable object; in other words by God himself.”

C. S. Lewis wrote a great deal about this, as well. He started his academic and publishing career as an atheist, only to be powerfully converted. In Mere Christianity, Lewis wrote: “If I find in myself a desire for something which nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”

What is the longing of your heart? Ask God to fill it—with Himself—so you can enjoy life abundantly [John 10:10].

This is Andrew Palau.

Surrendering our Wordly Desires Thursday, April 11, 2019

Sacrifice can sometimes mean conflict. Loyalty to God is a direct threat to the world’s dominion in our lives. The world won’t go down without a fight. The moment we say, “Lord Jesus, you asked for my body, my life, and here it is,” we’re automatically saying no to worldly talk, worldly thoughts, and worldly things. And while the world doesn’t care a thing about you and me, it does want to own us, our bodies, our minds, our souls, and our pocketbooks. So it’ll fight back.

When I was young, I tried to please the world. I tried desperately to win the flattery of those around me. Thankfully, the Lord dealt with me and brought me to a point of crisis. I felt like God was saying, “Luis, just a few more days of living like this and you’re finished.” I got down on my knees and said, “Lord, have mercy. I’ll serve you and give my whole life to you.” I realized I no longer wanted to conform to the pattern of this world, but I wanted to be transformed by the renewing of my mind. Then, I could finally see what God’s will was – “his good, pleasing and perfect will.” From that day forward, my life changed radically, and yours can too!

Fight against the hold of the world, its mindset and attitudes, and start living in God’s perfect, revealed will – revealed in the Bible. We have so much to gain, and this world will become so much brighter as we reach our world for Christ. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.” And..surprise, surprise, He also stated, “You are the light of the world.”                        

This is Luis Palau. 

Surrendering our Bodies Wednesday, April 10, 2019

In the life of the apostle Paul, we can see how sacrifice can be costly, life-threatening, and physical. While in a Roman prison, with the threat of execution over his head, Paul could say, “I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.”

As far as Paul knew, his heart was right with God. But he talks about exalting Jesus “in my body.” He knew he could have his head cut off. He could be fed to the lions. He could be stoned to death. The Romans had a whole repertoire of horrific ways to execute people. But Paul says, “I don’t know what to choose – life or death.” Which would you choose? Paul honestly struggled with whether to accept martyrdom or earnestly pray for release from prison. He had given up his body and his soul to Jesus.

Most of us don’t live under the threat of martyrdom. So, for those of us who live in relative safety, perhaps giving over our body means sacrificing our fears about sickness and death and living with joy and peace about what is to come. Our bodies get older and fall apart, but the joy of the Lord can, and should be, our strength. Sacrificing our fears will be a great witness to those around us; what better way to spread the joy of the Lord and reach our world for Christ?

This is Luis Palau.

Surrendering our Wealth Tuesday, April 9, 2019

A few years ago at a luncheon in a certain U.S. city, a respected millionaire got up to testify. His main point: “I owe it all to the Lord.” During his speech, he shared his secret: “When I was a young man, a call was made for me to surrender all. I was young and poor, but I surrendered everything I had to Jesus. It was after that that God began to bless me. Now I’m a wealthy man.”
 At that point, a voice from the back of the room shouted., “I challenge you to do it again.” As you can imagine, the challenge was not accepted.

It can be easy to surrender everything when you are young and don’t have much. But once you get older, and you own a house and two cars and a condo on the beach – that’s a different story. You have responsibilities: a family to take care of, employees who rely on you! You can’t give all that up for the Gospel.

But the truth is that our wealth isn’t our own, or even our family’s – everything we have belongs to God the Father. Jesus even said that unless we give up everything we love to Him, including our families and even our own bodies, we cannot be His disciples. Sacrifice is never easy, but God calls us to use the resources He has entrusted to us to spread His love to those around us. In doing that, we will be building treasure in heaven, and reaching this world for Christ.           

This is Luis Palau.

Go, Sell, Come, and Follow Monday, April 8, 2019

The gospel of Mark describes Jesus’ encounter with a rich young ruler. From a human point of view, this man had it made. He had his youth. He had immense wealth. He had prominent social standing. He was religious. But Jesus knew something the young man didn’t. He put his finger on the young ruler’s trust in his wealth. “One thing you lack,” Jesus told him. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

Go, sell, come, and follow. That was Jesus’ call. The young man walked away sad. He missed the point! The Lord wasn’t demanding possessions, but asking for ownership. I believe Jesus was going to tell him, “Give it to me, but don’t worry. You’ll get more than enough back. I just want you to give it to me. Remove that idol – that love and dependence on money. Depend on me.”

Jesus doesn’t need our things, but he wants our hearts. He wants us to surrender our rights and everything that we feel keeps us safe. He wants us to count the cost and realize the sacrifice is worth it. The rich young ruler didn’t do that; he left too soon. But Jesus asks us to “go, sell, come, and follow.” He asks us for loyalty to Him, and love for Him, total sacrifice, and maximum surrender. It won’t be easy, but it will be wonderful. God will honor and use our sacrifice for His glory. Go, sell, come, and follow Jesus. That path will enable you to reach your world for Christ.    

This is Luis Palau.  

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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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