Evangelism is Soul Winning. "Rescue the perishing, care for the dying “ a hymn by Frances Jane van Alstyne challenges us as Christians to embark on this journey of soul winning. Souls are indeed perishing. Many are dying spiritually by wallowing in sin and ignorance. There are several others too who look depressed, discouraged and despondent. They need a savior.
To all these people, we the chosen people of God, have been commissioned to preach the Good News to them. We have been called to make all nations the disciples of Jesus Christ.
The soul winner must be someone who has personally accepted Christ as his/her Saviour and Lord. He/she must be sure of his/her own salvation. Any person who is saved or born again, becomes a different person; a new creation (2Cor. 5 : 17).
Origin of Soul Winning
In Matt 4: 19, we are challenged to; “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men”. Soul winning takes place when you share your faith with others who have not as yet experienced Him. Soul winning involves telling others to turn from their sinful ways and believe in Christ Jesus, who came to die for the sin of the world.
Telling others what Christ has done for you and what He can do for all, who truly believe in Him, is also soul winning. Each one of us has been commissioned as an "Ambassador for Christ," called to share with others this glorious news about the salvation plan of God through Christ Jesus.
Jesus came that we may have life and have it abundantly (John 10 : 10). Again the Bible note that, "If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed"(John 8:36). This is the message we must share with this hopeless world. Look around and you would see many, who have been stricken with fear, anxiety, hunger, sickness and the loss of the zeal for life. Many, "worried" people, committing suicide daily and calls for us to preach Christ to them. Christ alone can give us peace in this world of tribulations and insecurity (John 16 : 33)
We shall all stand before the judgment seat of God; each giving account of himself/herself to God (2 Cor. 5 : 10). We must be aware that Christ will come again to "judge the living and the dead." Soul winner must not think that they are doing a thankless job. There is potentially a "well-done, faithful servant," honour awaiting each one of us (Matthew 25 : 21). All Christians are obliged to reach the lost world for Christ ( Matthew 28 : 19-20).
Some of us think that the spreading of the Good News is the sole business of a particular group of people in the Church. Soul winning is a task for all believers to accomplished and not the sole business of a particular group of people in the Church. Every Christian is called to be a soul winner. This is the key to unlock the doors of blessing to your life.
If you need a good job for yourself, begin to win souls for Christ! If you are looking for a life-partner, begin to be involved in the soul winning business! If you are waiting and praying for the gift of the womb, begin to win souls for Christ! If you are praying and waiting for the gift of healing to a sickness, begin to win souls for Christ! If you are praying for a breakthrough in any sphere of your life, get involved in the soul winning business, and the Lord will reward you for obeying Him
Obedience to the Great Commission is the key to unlock our blessings.