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Our Heavenly Home

It’s amazing how much Abraham saw by faith. In Hebrews 11:10 it says that “he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.”

It’s fascinating to think that Abraham could look forward to heaven. I mean, he didn’t have the Bible. He had never heard of Jesus Christ. He didn’t know about the Holy Spirit. He didn’t know about the blood of the cross. Yet in the distance he could see heaven because of His faith in Almighty God.

I am amazed how many Christians don’t think about heaven much at all. We believers ought to be specialists in heaven. We ought to know everything there is to be known from the Scripture, and know by faith that’s exactly where we’re going. We have the Old and New Testaments that tells us all about heaven. It’s one of the glorious reasons we can celebrate that we know Jesus Christ! Study John chapters 10 – 14, for instance.

Jesus tells us heaven is our home. It’s made for us. He has prepared it. Let’s not be ashamed. Let’s talk about it with boldness. You’d be amazed how many non-believers want to know what heaven is all about, and how they can get there. Will you be the one to tell them? Will you try to reach your world?

Talking Over Coffee

Many Christians that I’ve met say to me, “How do you get a conversation going and then lead it so that you talk about Jesus Christ?” I think one of the greatest ways you can do this, with someone you work with, or even at school, or college is to say, “Hey, how about Starbucks?”

Take them to a coffee shop, sit down at a table, and begin to talk about the weather, classes, work, or whatever. Eventually, the Lord always has a way to bring the conversation around to spiritual things. I’ve done it for 50 years of my life! I can tell you! It works!

Get a conversation going and at then say in your heart, “Lord, give me an open door,” and suddenly, the door opens. It may be because of a comment about somebody who is ill in the family, or a hard day at work, you never know.

Jesus Christ said to his disciples, “Come apart for awhile and rest a little.” A cup of coffee can be a way of resting in today’s restless world. And then, wait for the Lord to give you just the right moment and the wisdom to ask the right question. He’ll also give you the right Bible verse to plant into the heart of your friend so that eventually that seed will lead them to Jesus Christ.

So, how about some Starbucks?

What Jesus Can Do For You

One night not long ago, here in the USA, our team was having a live call-in television program. We were answering people’s questions and trying to lead them to faith in Jesus Christ, of course. That night, just as the program was coming to an end, a boy called up – a young fellow.

He said to me, “Mr. Palau, my name is David. I’m 17, a senior in high school, and I’m from another religion. All of my friends in the high school are Christians and many of them are trying to get me to become a Christian. I want to ask you this, what can Jesus do for me that I can’t do for myself? And why should I open my heart to Him?”

What a question! I was so excited to answer that for David. We talked for quite awhile, and then I told him, “David, the bottom line is this: Jesus will give purpose and meaning to your life. He will make a tremendous difference in your life because He’s God. You’ll never be the same, and finally He will give you eternal life.”

You know, there are people all around us wondering that same thing: What can Jesus do for me? In John 10:10 Jesus says, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

We, as Christians, have the answer that the world is searching for. The question is, are we sharing this answer with others in our world? I encourage you to do it. The Lord will use you. So, do it!

Giving the Call

A few years ago I was speaking at an evangelism conference. A young British man came up to me and introduced himself as Rupert. He was a 31-year-old clergyman in the Church of England. Rupert said to me, “Mr. Palau, when I was 16 years old I went to the stadium in London to hear you preach. I had no idea what Christianity was about. But I was converted that night and my life has never been the same!”

Now, this young man of 31 is serving the Lord in ministry in England. How exhilarating it was to hear about Rupert’s decision to believe! Whenever I hear stories like that, I think of III John 4: “I have no greater joy than this, to see that my children are walking in the truth.”

There truly is nothing as exciting as when someone makes a commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ, especially when God uses you. So we need to remember to always give people a chance to respond to the Good News. You may sow the seed, but be sure to give the option of responding to Jesus Christ as well. Don’t just throw out the seed and hope for the best.

Part of the Good News is the call of Jesus Christ. I promise, you will receive no greater joy in your entire life than when you get to pray with a soul ready to accept Christ. Think of how many people are simply waiting for you to ask them the question! So, go ahead and ask!

Be Joyful Always

I love this statement that C.S. Lewis makes in one of his books: “Joy,” he says, “Joy is the serious business of heaven.” If I interpret that thought correctly, it means that heaven, namely God, is very interested in His people enjoying life. God wants us to live a joyful life, a happy life, a contented life.

I think one of the best ways we can witness for Jesus Christ is simply by being joyful. Many non-believers have the perception that Christians are sour-faced, angry people who live by a set of legalistic rules that keeps them from having fun. Who would want to follow a religion like that?

But, the Bible paints a very different picture. Paul says in First Thessalonians 5:16: “Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances. This is God’s will for you in Jesus Christ.”

Now, we can’t do this on our own, especially when hard times come. But that’s the beauty of the Holy Spirit, the indwelling Jesus Christ. He gives us the ability to be joyful and hopeful, even in dire circumstances, because we have the promises of His Word.

Why don’t you ask God to fill you with His Holy Spirit and therefore His joy today? When you approach life this way, then people will be drawn to the life of Christ flowing out of your spirit.