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Series: Luis Palau | My Life in Seven Words, Part 2

On “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau” this week, Luis continues to share some nuggets from his recently-published book.  He is focusing on two more words which sum up much of his life:  serve and unite.

A Call for Unity Friday, July 12, 2019

Race. Politics. Religion. There are plenty of things we don’t agree on. And in some cities – perhaps yours – there’s division even among Christians.
On the Palau team, and specifically in my dad’s legacy of evangelism of over 50 years, we see constant reminders of the amazing things that happen in cities and countries at large, when believers put aside their differences and unite for the spreading of the Gospel. 

I love the story of Peter and John walking together in unity in Acts 3. It’s actually quite surprising. You couldn’t find two more different people, but they both were close to Jesus. Both John and Peter could have claimed dominance, but in Acts, we see them walking humbly together – and they witness an incredible miracle.

Psalm 133 reminds us “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” The call for Christians to love the world is clear and the unity among churches is critical for us to be effective in revealing Jesus to others.

In Ephesians chapter 4, verse 3, we’re instructed to be EAGER to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
We should do everything we can to strive for peace and unity with other believers in our efforts to make a difference in our communities. We are better together.       

This is Andrew Palau.

Unite - 2 Thursday, July 11, 2019

No matter who you are, you matter. You have something to offer to the Body of Christ. The whole world may reject you, but some part of the Church will receive you with open arms. We want you. Yes, we have our faults. A lot of them. But all things considered, I wouldn’t dream of leaving His Church.

Part of the beauty and wonder of God’s kingdom is that He allows us to be gently refined while living among one another and working for one another.
 The fact is, we are all stronger when we listen to each other and forget our small, petty differences of opinion in favor of remembering the incredible love and truth that unites us in the cause of Jesus [Philippians 2:1-4].

I wonder if you have been trying to follow Jesus and serve Him solo? I wonder if the individualism of this age, and the constant temptation for isolation that we all carry, has done a work in you to pull you away from others? If so, consider what it might mean for you to rejoin a group of loyal workers in the cause of Jesus. This Sunday, join with other brothers and sisters in Christ. Go and worship Jesus Christ. Sing to Him. Celebrate communion. You’ll be glad you did!

This is Luis Palau.

Unite - 1 Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Did you know that in God’s family, nobody is a nobody? Instead, everybody is a somebody. I love Romans 12:5, which says, “so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”
The Body of Christ is more diverse, more adaptable, more creative, tougher, more committed, more joyful, and more united than any other religion, nation, or interest group on earth.

We have faults, and they are many. Those faults sometimes mar the beauty. But the faults do not take away from the beauty. In the big picture, the body of Jesus is better than we think.

A few years ago, hundreds of churches came together to put on a massive evangelistic festival in New York. One New York Times interviewer asked me: “How do you manage to unite all these diverse people?”
“Jesus,” I said. “Believe me, it’s because of Jesus.”

Jesus bonds us into one family—rich and poor, educated and simple, from the peoples of every nation. We come together when we come to Jesus. That is the greatest witness this world has ever seen because it is the most unexplainable. There is no accounting for it. It’s Jesus—all Jesus. Today, be sure to thank him for including you in that Body.

This is Luis Palau.

Serve - 2 Tuesday, July 9, 2019

To serve with a pure heart, like Jesus, you and I need to embrace humility. The best way I know to stay humble is to simply not dwell on yourself. Have you had a wonderful victory? Praise God for it and celebrate. Then allow it to fade away.

If you concentrate on the past, you tend to inflate your own role, and if you are not careful, you may begin to feel that you deserve some of the credit and glory. Don’t gloat. At best we are weak servants. Don’t spend too much time trying on the Master’s hat and looking in the mirror.

Doesn’t our humanity, including being honest about our shortcomings, reveal God’s power? This is what the apostle Paul says in 2 Corinthians 4:7. He writes, “We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”

So, today, will you humble yourself beneath the mighty hand responsible for all your victories? Praise God for what He’s done in and through you. Then ask for His help to put others before yourself. Become like Jesus, the servant of all. May His all-surpassing power shine through you today to those in your world.

This is Luis Palau.

Serve - 1 Monday, July 8, 2019

Servanthood is not in vogue right now. Was it ever? It’s not fashionable to pour out your life, interests, time, and energy for the sake of others.
Having a servant’s attitude is seen as a weakness, like you’re not living up to your potential. Yet servanthood requires incredible strength. A servant realizes the unimaginable potential in God’s kingdom. Remember what Jesus taught? In Matthew 23:11-12, Jesus says: "The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted."

What a stirring truth! The self-sacrifice of a servant unlocks God’s exaltation and honor. The degree to which we serve is the degree to which we are great in God’s eyes. Am I willing to become less so that others can become greater? Am I willing to lay aside my desires, to put others’ needs before my own and simply give? Sadly, it is harder for me than I’d like to admit.

Jesus chose to be lowly in heart. He placed others before Himself. He was never too important to serve “the least of these.” In humility, let’s desire to do the same.

This is Luis Palau.

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This Weeks Offer

Biblical Peace In Turbulent Times

Biblical Peace in Turbulent Times

Luis has given a message titled “Biblical Peace in Turbulent Times” in which he takes us to God’s Word to find strength and help in difficult days.  We would like to send you a free CD copy.

For your FREE copy give us a call at 1-800-ASK-LUIS.

Reaching Your World: Next Week

Meditation

On “Reaching your World,” Luis Palau begins the week with sympathy for the lonely, who were especially vulnerable during the time of quarantine. He then takes a thoughtful look at the practice of meditation.  Meditating on the words and ways of God can be of great spiritual value.

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