The last command of Christ before He ascended to Heaven is found in Mark 16:15: "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." Every person has an eternal soul, and it is our privilege and responsibility to share with them the good news of salvation. Proverbs 11:30 says, "The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise." Although we do not save souls, we are to witness to them and lead them to the Lord who does save them. We must realize that no one becomes an effective soul-winner by accident. Fruitful soul-winning happens through Spirit-filled people who develop habits of being ready and available for God to use them. Below are seven habits that I have noticed are consistently present in men and women who regularly lead others to Christ:
Fruitful soul-winners pray for a burden. Don't allow your burden for souls to get buried in projects, meetings, and memos. The only way that I know to sustain a heart-felt burden for souls is to daily pray
for God to help me see lost people with His compassion. If this is not already on your daily prayer list, add it!
Fruitful soul-winners carry Gospel tracts. Carrying tracts helps you to be soul-conscious wherever you go. Additionally, a Gospel tract equips you to easily begin a conversation about the Lord and salvation. Even if you only have a moment, at least you can leave the other person with a printed Gospel presentation.
Fruitful soul-winners schedule time for soul-winning. We should witness for the Lord everywhere we go, but I've noticed that our schedules reflect our priorities. Those who regularly lead others to Christ have made soul-winning enough of a priority that they place it in their schedule.
Fruitful soul-winners keep an updated prospect list. A prospect list helps you to strategically and wisely follow up on soul-winning visits. If you keep it updated carefully, you'll easily see how tenacious you are in following up on prospects. You might even consider sharing your list with a friend for added accountability.
Fruitful soul-winners are attentive in church services, especially during the invitation. Those who are soul-conscious seek out visitors at church, befriend them, and specifically ask them about salvation. They don't just assume that everyone they see is saved, but they make it their mission to find out!
Fruitful soul-winners are hospitable. Many require hearing the Gospel multiple times before they understand their need for salvation. Hospitality allows you to build a relationship that will facilitate multiple presentations of the Gospel. When you invite someone to your home or spend time with them across a restaurant table, it assures them that you are genuinely interested in their lives, and it opens them to hear your message. Of course, hospitality is also essential in discipling someone after salvation.
Fruitful soul-winners involve new converts in soul-winning. Every unsaved person has unsaved friends. Fruitful soul-winners encourage new converts to reach their unsaved friends. They ask them who their friends are and help new converts share their testimonies with their friends.
Soul-winning itself is a habit! Only the Holy Spirit can convict hearts of their need for Christ (John 16:8-9), but He uses Christians who make time to talk to people face to face and share the wonderful news of salvation.
May God’s blessing be upon you this week as you read and meditate on the Weekly SERMON from Psalm 22 on the “The Saviour’s Cross.”
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