For the past two months there was a cloud of darkness over my life. During this fasting period, I told God that I wanted this cloud of darkness to disappear and by the third day of the fast, it had gone. This brought about a spiritual awakening in my life and I decided to serve the Lord more than I ever did, keying into soul winning. The Lord spoke to me that once my personal needs become His needs; then all other needs of mine will be met so I started praying kingdom focused prayers. Prior to this, all the job interviews I had attended had been unsuccessful but on Friday, my agency called to say they have a job for me to resume on Monday without attending any interview. I also want to thank God because I keyed into the “Wonder Double” agenda for this season. I decided that I would go after three souls a week instead of three for the entire season. By Friday, I had not won any soul but on Saturday after the night vigil, I went out for soul winning and four people gave their lives to Christ.
…once my personal needs become His needs; then all other needs of mine will be met…
A statement that we probably need to remind ourselves daily; as sometimes we tend to have a habit of going to the Lord and requesting our needs and forgetting the requests to benefit/grow the Kingdom. It is important to remember our primary mission is to bring the lost souls to Christ. Tell them all about Jesus and how He is the forgiver of all sins – no matter how bad you think the sins are.
Let’s elaborate…why we win souls…
- God has made us disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:18-20) and that it is our duty to be fishers of men (Matthew 4:18-20); in other words it is our mission to tell and bring the lost to Christ.
Is it a commandment? Yes
“Go into the world and preach the gospel to every creature” – Mark 16:15
The Lord has placed a demand on His church and His disciples (us) for the salvation of souls. We as believers have been ordained to be preachers (Mark 16:20), to spread the Word. To not preach about the Word to others is almost like hiding your identity as a Christian…
2. Soul Winning proves our love for God. I believe the testimony above is a great example of the love our sister has for God as she put His needs before her own. Check out a sister’s testimony (below) which also reflect her love for God…a testimony that possibly woke me up as I heard it and realised I also need to be on that level:
I had been getting contacts and no real souls into the kingdom so I prayed to God for souls to be won into His kingdom and into the church. I actually cried “Lord give me souls or I die“. In addition to the Thursday and Friday outreaches, I told a member in my area to join me for Monday and Tuesday outreaches. We got a contact and two souls, including one person who was eager to come to church. On Saturday as I went for evangelism, the Holy Spirit prompted me to take my bag along however; left my bag in the car. As I began sharing the gospel with the first person I met, he said he was hungry and needed food. I returned to the car to get my bag and bought him food. He gave his life to Christ and attended the home fellowship with me and is attending church today. I thank God for answering my prayers and giving me souls – Benny A.
“Lord give me souls or I die…” if that didn’t demonstrate her love for God, I don’t know what will. If you love God, you will represent Him and you will tell people about Him.
3. Soul Winning glorifies God (John 15:8); when a vine bears “much fruit”, God is glorified for daily he sent the sunshine and the rain to make the crops grow, and constantly he nurtured each tiny plant and prepared it to blossom. What a moment of glory for the Lord of harvest when the harvest is brought into barns, mature and ready to use! He made it all happen. This farming analogy shows how God is glorified when people come into a right relationship with Him and begin to bear much fruits in their lives.
Fruits, being the lost you are bringing to Christ.
4. Soul Winning comes with benefits such as prosperity (Ecclesiastes 11:6), divine health (Proverbs 13:17), divine protection, favor and many more.
Soul Winning Scripture for this week: John 15:16
We all have a God-given purpose in this life–to bring forth fruit. Just as a person plants a tree and expects to reap fruit from it, God expects fruit from us…lets starting sowing seeds for our fruits…