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On "Reachng Your World with Luis Palau," Luis talks about what it means to follow God in every area of your life.
When I first gave my life to Christ, He called me to roles I was very happy to accept: marrying Wendy, becoming my dad’s personal assistant, and being a festival director. I loved it all. I thought, “This is my calling and it’s great!”
And it was my calling for a season. But then God said “Now I want you to be a preaching evangelist.” That thought scared me. I didn’t like speaking. I wasn’t good at preparing. And, I was afraid that people would think I was doing it just to be like my dad. So, I said no. The more time that passed, the more tension and pressure I felt both with the team and at home. I knew it was because I wouldn’t listen to God’s new calling and release my former role. I liked my former role too much.
Through that time I learned that resistance to God’s calling is serious. The Bible says in Exodus that God was angry with Moses when Moses asked God to send someone else to Egypt. God had a plan. He knew what He was doing and He knew that Moses was the man. When I realized the same was true in my life and obediently submitted to God’s calling, wonderful things happened. Doors opened, opportunities came, and I found myself passionate and excited for my new role.
If you’re fighting against God’s calling, stop! His plans are far better than our own and He has a role for YOU. This is Andrew Palau.
In the Bible, the Apostle Peter says, “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” This Bible verse is often used in church benedictions, but sometimes the “after you have suffered a little while” is omitted. Suffering is not a popular subject. It’s one I would like to avoid myself. But you know, God has a way of using suffering to strengthen His people.
My wife, Pat, suffered terribly during chemotherapy at age 44, yet her deep trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and the promises of God made her a hero in my eyes. One of the songs she often sang was “Under His Wings I am Safely Abiding.” She really has known Jesus since she was a girl, and it showed during her suffering. I know many people who have come to know Jesus Christ by my telling her story of suffering and strength through Jesus Christ.
Ask the Lord to help you draw near to Him in your suffering. He will use you to reach your world with your newly deepened faith. This is Luis Palau
James Madison, the fourth president of the United States, once said we should be wary of laws “so voluminous, that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.” I think the same warning should be heeded in our explanations of the Christian faith.
I find one of the biggest hindrances for people in reaching their world is overcomplicating things. If we can’t even articulate what we believe, how do we expect anyone else to understand? We use all sorts of confusing terms, and complicated explanations, and sometimes I wonder if the whole point is missed entirely. Einstein once said, “If you can’t explain it to a six-year-old, you don’t understand it yourself.”
Make an effort to simplify your explanation of the Good News gospel. Make it so simple a six-year-old could grasp what you are saying. Remove all confusing terms and references, and get back to the basics. There’s always a simple word to replace a complicated word. When St. Paul addressed the jailor in Philippi he kept it very simple. He said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.” Whom can you share this beautifully simple and direct message with today?
This is Luis Palau.
German pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer once said, “The aim of friendship is exclusively determined by what God’s will is for the other person.” That’s really true, isn’t it? You know, I believe friendship to be one of God’s greatest gifts in this life. We are told in Proverbs that a friend “loves at all times.” Christian friendship is different than your average friendship. Two people can share common interests, or a similar sense of humor. But Christian friendship goes deeper. Christian friendship aims to point each other to God and to help each other spiritually grow in their knowledge and understanding of Him.
I’ve got several great friends from my teenage years in Argentina. Terrific guys. We don’t often see each other, but when we do it’s like we chatted a week ago. They love Jesus Christ just like I do. Often we serve Him together around the world. On the other hand, like the songs says, “The best friend to have is Jesus.”
It is important to consider the kinds of friends you have in your life. If you want to reach your world, the right friends can help you do it. And the wrong friends could keep you from doing it. Ask the Lord to bring you friends who will work with you to reach your world- it will make all the difference!
This is Luis Palau
A radio ad for a seminar sounded interesting. The announcer said, “You can beat death for good; I’ll show you how.” That’s quite a claim, isn’t it? I’m sure many would be interested to attend a seminar on that subject. But you know, it turns out the announcer actually said “debt,” not “death.” That made much more sense! But it got me thinking- Jesus beat death, by paying our debt. Isn’t that amazing?
We all owe a debt for our sin. But Jesus paid it through His death on the cross. And so Jesus is the only one who can truly say He has beaten death. And through Jesus, we too can experience life eternal. It’s one of the most amazing truths of the Christian faith.
In First Corinthians St. Paul says, “O death, where is your sting?” Paul continues in Second Corinthians saying, “the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself… Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” Beating death is possible, but only through Jesus Christ. Whom will you share this incredible news with today?
This is Luis Palau.
This week on "Reaching your World" Luis Palau tells us how the Bible equips us to handle fear, anxieties, and doubts.