Our mission as Christians echoes steadily in our ears from the lips of Jesus, “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature…” (Mark 16:15). We know that Jesus is coming back and with flaming fire to take vengeance on those who did not obey the gospel (2 Thess. 1:8). It is not with misplaced urgency then that we should seek to save those who are lost. Many Christians however, rarely if ever in their lives convert another? Why? And how do we as souls saved become soul winners for Jesus?
Why? Four reasons stand out. One, we don’t know how. Two, many of us are asleep. If we really sensed the reality of the fate of those lost, the priceless cost of Jesus’ blood, and our own debt to the grace of God, we would be motivated, but we sleep. Three, we have an unhealthy self-image. We are so concerned about estranging friends, being perceived as religious fanatics and being criticized for “making mistakes” by our own brethren in the process of trying to win souls that we just don’t try. It is true; those who are most evangelistic are most criticized. So, say nothing’ do nothing; be nothing? Four, we are carnal. We are more worried about our free time, social life and whatever fun is to be had. If we are concerned about the church, winning lost souls is often the last concern.
How do we as souls saved become soul winners for Jesus? If you don’t know how, learn (2 Tim. 2:15). Wake up to what is really important (1 Thess 5:6). Stop worrying about what others will think. You are trying to save souls. Just speak the truth in love and let the chips fall where they may (Eph. 4:15). Finally, think on things spiritual and take time from things of this world for the things of the next (Philip 4:8).