At a luncheon in a certain city a respected millionaire got up to testify that
“I owe it all to the Lord.” He then shared his secret. “When I
was a young fellow, a call was made for me to surrender all. Young as I was,
and poor as I was, everything I had I surrendered to Christ. I didn’t have much
money, but I put it on the table — all my possessions — and said, ‘Christ, I
give everything back to you.’
It was after that that God began to bless me and
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.”

Ever wonder why most of those who respond to the call of a preacher to
“surrender” all are young? They don’t have that much to surrender —
maybe three T-shirts, two pairs of jeans, and their dad’s car keys. But when
you get to middle age and you own a house and two cars and a condo on the
beach, it’s a different story.

Surrender is a fundamental aspect of consecration, but today we want little of

Illustration taken from:
Palau’s book, How to Renew Your Spiritual
, Discovery House, 1995.

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Luis Palau and his ministry have shared the Gospel with more than 1 billion people through evangelistic events and media. He has spoken in person to 30 million people in 75 countries, with more than 1 million registered decisions for Jesus Christ. Luis Palau festivals have produced some of the largest audiences ever recorded in cities from south Florida to South America. His radio broadcasts in both English and Spanish are heard by millions on 3,500 radio outlets in 48 countries. Among other top-tier programs, Luis currently hosts Luis Palau Responde, an international Q&A program in Spanish, and Reaching Your World, a devotional-style program emphasizing biblical wisdom. He has authored close to 50 books, contributed articles on issues of faith to countless publications, and counseled business leaders, political leaders, and heads of state around the world.

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