from the book -
The Daily Devotional
for the 21st Century!
who wins souls is wise" (Prov 11:30)
is the greatest job on earth. "For what will it profit a man
if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?" (Mk 8:36).
Soulwinning is the wisest business in the world. For who is wiser
than he who prepares his neighbour for eternity? (Prov 11:30; Dan 12:3).
Soulwinning is the happiest occupation. For what is comparable to
the joy of a shepherd who found his lost sheep? (Lk 15:5-7,9,10,23,24).
Soulwinning is the loftiest mission to mankind. For what is more
honourable than being God's ambassadors to bring men His message of joy
and peace? (2 Cor 5:18-20). Soulwinning has the widest scope of all
Christian activities. For which Christian cannot do it, which place is not
suitable, and what time is not convenient?
first and most important step of evangelism is to walk the talk. The best
argument for Christianity is Christians. But alas, the strongest argument
against Christianity is Christians. What we say and how we live must
agree. The soulwinner presents Jesus as the Saviour from sins. If he
himself does not enjoy victory over sin, it is like a bald man promoting
hair oil! The clean life of Paul and the clear message of the Gospel
coupled together made a corrupt governor tremble (Acts 24:16, 24,25).
of course does not mean that one should wait until he becomes perfect. A
candle does not begin to shine after it's half burned. No, it shines as
soon as it's lit! The point is, the soulwinner must not continue in
sin. He must walk honestly before God and man. All known sins must be
instantly confessed and forsaken. He should be a sanctified vessel useful
for the Master (2 Tim 2:21). Fishermen do not consider mending of nets a
waste of time. Before launching out into the sea, they check up their
nets. So also we should regularly examine ourselves with the searchlight
of the Scriptures and the Spirit.
soulwinner is a shepherd. He goes after the scattered sheep and the lost
lambs. His prime mover is compassion (Mt 9:36). The
indispensability of this character is understood by the fact that the
Risen Lord, before commissioning Peter, questioned him thrice concerning
love (Jn 21:15-17). Love for the Lord and that for the lost are mutually
inclusive. Unless we love our neighbours as ourselves we will not muster
all that's within us to stop them rushing into hell. General William Booth
(1829-1912), the founder of Salvation Army, insisted that every soulwinner
must have a vision of the horror of hell. Did not the rich man plead from
hell to send Lazarus to earth to convert his five hell-bound brothers? (Lk