Why should all Christians win souls for Christ?
We are living in strange times where all sorts of fads and fallacies are going around and most worrying is, we are being told that wrong things are the new right. We are being desensitize from the truth. Now, what I find interesting about all the above is that the “trenders” are not afraid to stand and say “hey, this is me, and this is what I believe in.” Often times you will see that their eyes are covered with by the darkness of the world. But my point is, if they can stand and proudly talk about who they are, etc then why can’t we stand and boldly and talk about the Almighty God, who was nailed on a cross for us and has redeemed us from our own wickedness. Now I am not saying that we must walk around with an attitude that says “I am better than you” but an attitude of boldness to talk about our Lord Jesus Christ and spread the gospel in love.
Proverbs 28:1 says “The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.” These days however it seems as thou wickedness has taken the frontline and the righteous is being pushed to the back. We at times relax and keep quiet because we do not want to offend anyone, while the same people we don’t want to offend is very bold to stand for what they believe in. The truth is we don’t even have to speak to offend anyone these days.
“Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and [that] your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you (John 15:16).
From the above we can see that we are expected to bring forth fruit, which is soul for Christ.
So how do we win souls?
- Live a life which shows that you are an ambassador for Christ. In other words live a life holy and righteous so that others can see God’s light shining through you thereby drawing others to Christ.
- Pray and ask for the Holy Spirit to guide you to those who are ready for salvation. See an account of this in Acts 8:26-40
“Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the southto the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place. And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this: “Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter and like a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he opens not his mouth. In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken away from the earth. “And the eunuch said to Philip, “About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus. And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized? And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him.”
As much as salvation is a gift to us not everyone will want to hear about it so we have to be sensitive in the spirit when it comes on to who we minister to.
- Spread the gospel with those close to us. We can’t be saved and our household is not. We need to share the word with them and encourage them to walk in the light. This may get tiring but it’s our duty, as long as they are willing to listen keep talking. You never know the seed you are planting in their hearts.
- Handing out tracts and fliers and telling people that Jesus loves them.
- Use inspiring verses from the bible to encourage unbelievers.
I would like to share two striking testimonies which came out recently from my church about how reaching out to people in soul winning has impacted lives.
- Some members from the London branch of our church went out on a raid to share the gospel. The custom is we hand out a tract or flier and tell the person that Jesus loves him/her. One of the ladies in the group approached a man and handed him a tract and say to him Jesus loves you and you are special. The man looked at her and said “it has been more than 3 years since anyone told me that I am special and that I am loved so thank you for telling me this today.” He gave his life to Christ on that spot.
- In one of our branches in Nigeria a man was given a flyer and he put it in his pocket and seemingly forgot about it. He now decided that he wanted to take his life because life had just got too hard for him to cope. As he was trying to make what seemed like final preparations before he took his life, he put his hand in his pocket and there the flyer was telling him that “Jesus loves him and that he is special” that is how he was rescued from the darkness and brought into the glorious light. My friends reaching out to the lost is serious business.
I used to watch this programme called “The way of the Masters” on TV, check out their website and see how serious these two guys are about spreading the Gospel of Christ in love. http://www.wayofthemaster.com/
What are your thoughts on winning souls for Christ?
Kerrian N. Adebanjo