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―The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.‖ Proverbs 11:30 What an unspeakable privilege it is to be used of God in doing a work in human lives that will result in eternal blessing! Every soul won to the Lord will be a worshiper of the Lamb of God forever and ever! Think about it! Proverbs 11:30 says that everyone who wins souls is wise. It is also true that everyone who does NOT win souls is unwise! There are many unwise people today who say that evangelism is only meant for the ―evangelists‖ or ―apostles‖ or for those who have the ―gift of evangelism‖. In reading through the Scriptures it is clear that evangelism is NOT a gift given to a selected few, but a duty to fulfil by all who claim to be believers in Christ. I can now hear my critics quote Ephesians 4:11 where it says that God gave some to be ―apostles, some prophets, some evangelists and some pastors and teachers‖… but let us not stop here, but read the following verse as well … ―for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ…‖ All these five offices (including that of the evangelist) are given to the Body of Christ (not to those outside) to equip the saints for the work of the ministry (Eph 4:12) that each and every one of the saints must do! And what is the work of the ministry that the saints must do? … To speak the truth in love (verse 15) and thereby causing growth in the body of Christ (verse 16)… In other words, the work of the ministry is the fulfilling of the Great Commission. There really is no higher calling in life than to turn a sinner from the error of his ways. A surgeon may extend someone‘s life, but death eventually takes the person. Our work has eternal consequences. It is tragic that so few believers realize this. A real tragedy is knowing someone will be dying and going to hell for eternity, and not caring enough to do anything about it. I believe one of the greatest sins believers can commit is to not tell the unsaved about the only thing that can save them. Leonard Ravenhill used to say: “Could a mariner sit idle if he heard the drowning cry? Could a doctor sit in comfort and just let his patients die? Could a fireman sit idle, let men burn and give no hand? Can you sit at ease in Zion with the world around you DAMNED?” Charles Spurgeon said the following: “If sinners be dammed, at least let them leap to Hell over our bodies. If they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees. Let no one GO there UNWARNED and UNPRAYED for.” We have a serious responsibility towards the rest of the world … consider the following Scripture: Ezekiel 3:17-18 "Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me: When I say to the wicked, 'You shall surely die,' and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand.” In ancient times, watchmen were positioned on the wall surrounding a city to keep watch. Their job was to be on the lookout for any armies that were coming. When they saw an enemy approaching, they were to blow the trumpet to warn the city‘s residents. It was not their job to make everyone ready; it was the people‘s own
” How true … and how few even care? It was this same Spurgeon who said: “Have you no wish for others to be saved? Then you are not saved yourself. and I will make you fishers of men. The watchmen‘s job was just to sound the alarm. If we know the wicked are dying and going to hell and we do not warn them. God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked. We must tell the lost about Jesus. Do you not see them? They are going down to hell by the thousands. said the following: Matthew 4:19 "Follow Me. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” We need to stop caring about what people think and begin to think about caring for people. because our conscience will condemn us. if you love the Lord. but the laborers are few. How many of us claim to be followers of Jesus. God has left believers on earth to sound the alarm to others. him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. but don‘t do anything to reach the lost for our Lord? Someone once said: “The early disciples were fishers of men —while modern disciples are often little more than aquarium keepers. The first thing Jesus told His followers is that we are going to reach the lost with the best news ever heard! He did not say that we would make a lot of money at it or have a huge church. If you read Matthew 10." If you are not fishing. And that is absolutely not biblical. It is as simple as that. you‘ll find that when Jesus sent His disciples out. The devil therefore gets two victories: not only does the professing Christian not labour in the harvest fields. you‘re not following. Beloved. He didn‘t make it optional for His followers to share their faith. If you are not a missionary you are a mission-field. Be sure of that. to warn the wicked that if they do not repent of their wicked ways and come to Jesus. their blood is on our hands. but that we would win souls for the kingdom. But whoever denies Me before men. They were all called to witness about the Lord. and sisters of all ages. The ULTIMATE SOUL-WINNER. Matthew 10:32-33 "Therefore whoever confesses Me before men. JESUS CHRIST. and neither should we. Our Lord needs no secret . get a passion for souls. we must win souls. we cannot live and see men damned. it seems that many people have made witnessing an optional part of the faith. they will regret it both here and for eternity. Here‘s another quote from Charles Spurgeon: “Young men and old men.responsibility to get ready. In today‘s Christianity.” Jesus Christ also said the following: Matthew 9:37-38 "The harvest truly is plentiful. Pray for them and witness to them so that they will be in heaven with us one day." If we are not labourers. we won‘t obey this command. but neither does he pray for labourers. him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.
” And yet. This was Jesus Christ‘s last command to the Christian community. As one preacher put it.” I think . “God‟s top priority is the salvation of every single soul. even to the end of the age. GO therefore and make disciples of all the nations. was not intended merely for the eleven remaining disciples." Amen. or just for the apostles or for those in present times who may have the gift of evangelism. baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Perhaps acceptance of Christ begins as a very personal and private experience. The Lord Jesus COMMANDED us to preach His Gospel all over the world and yet. With us. believers are still waiting for God to call them. He made it our mission as well. we keep silent! The leper would have been jealous of our privilege to proclaim Christ! Many believers are waiting for God to call them first before they would be willing to preach the Gospel. A few chapters later we read the following: Matthew 18:11 For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost. This command. The leper. went away and proclaimed the matter freely to all whom he came into contact with. However. shouldn‘t it be a major priority for you? The real question is. founder of the Salvation Army. used to say: “Not called!” did you say? “Not heard the call. William Booth. on the other hand. We cannot pick and choose which commands of our Lord we will follow. Since these were His LAST WORDS before He went back to Heaven this must surely be the one thing that weighed the most heavily on His heart. saying. this was not only Jesus‘ mission. what are you doing of significance today that will matter 300 million plus years from now? Yet. This command is the duty of every man and woman who confesses Christ as Lord. which the Church calls the Great Commission. it is completely the opposite.000 years ago with a loud “GO”! … Jesus said: Mark 16:15 "GO into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. however. I am with you always. but it can never stay that way. and lo. "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. See the next 3 verses… Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and spoke to them. teaching THEM to observe all things that I have commanded YOU.” We should desire to be used by God in what really matters to His heart. because Jesus told the apostles to teach us (the disciples of all the nations) to also obey all the things that were commanded to them (the apostles) … and that includes preaching the Gospel! Don‘t neglect the call of the church to reach the lost. If it is of the utmost importance for Jesus to reach the lost.agents! Those who are not willing to confess Christ publicly are not willing to confess Christ. the gun already went off about 2. In Mark 1:40-45 we read about a leper whom Jesus warned NOT to say anything to anyone about his healing.
Why these meagre results with this tremendous expenditure of energy and money? Why are so few people coming into the Kingdom? I will tell you—there is not a definite effort put forth to persuade a definite person to receive a definite Saviour at a definite time. and to make Him look good. Lord. Put your ear down to the Bible. Sadly. As Spurgeon said: “Every Christian is either a missionary or an impostor.” Jesus said: Luke 24:46-48 "Thus it is written. We as Christians need to get our act together and start OBEYING our LORD! After we have found the Messiah. God expects of all His followers to be missionaries as well. and now it is time for you to do yours.‘ and mean both words. agonized heart of humanity. most people miss the purpose of their existence! We are saved to serve! The reason why God hasn‘t raptured us yet to Heaven the day we got saved was because He wants to leave us here on earth to share our faith with others! However.' and not do the things which I say? You cannot say. one annuls the other. and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations. and that definite time is now. beginning at Jerusalem.” Jesus said: Luke 6:46 "But why do you call Me 'Lord. you will be a witness (John 15:26-27) and He will speak from you and use you to reprove the world as per John 16:8. we are to tell others about Him. Lord. Go stand by the gates of hell. If you say no to Him. and hear Him bid you go and pull sinners out of the fire of sin. Sobering words! If you were given 1.” Now." God had an only Son and He made Him a missionary. Put your ear down to the burdened.” So IF you are filled with the Holy Spirit.000 money bills every time you witnessed to someone. The only ―failure‖ when it comes to reaching out to the lost is not to be doing it.you should say. Jesus also said the following: John 20:21 "Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me. Billy Sunday used to say: “Many churches report no new members on confession of faith. We are here on earth for only two reasons: to make Him well known. Jesus did His part two thousand years ago. And you are witnesses of these things. would you be more zealous in your evangelism? If so. I also send you. and hear the damned entreat you to go to their father's house and bid their brothers and sisters and servants and masters not come there. ‗No. and listen to its pitiful wail for help.and tell Him whether you will join heart and soul and body and circumstances in the march to publish His mercy to the world. you are serving money rather than God. the number one reason people don‘t share their faith is that their walk doesn‘t match their talk. Every Christian .whose mercy you have professed to obey -. then He is not your Lord. Then look Christ in the face -. this does NOT mean that every Christian should leave his country and go to China or India for missionary work. and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day.
when they had come together. who professes to have the love of God in him. rather. God has granted everlasting life to sinful humanity. "Lord. It does no good if you want to go to foreign countries to preach the Gospel. both to wise and to unwise. for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes.. then our country and then we can start to think about missionary work abroad. I am ready to preach the gospel to you who are in Rome also.” We haven‘t been saved to gaze up to heaven. sit passively while sinners die daily and go to hell? You might be wondering: “Does God expect me to witness to EVERYONE?” I think a good rule of thumb to follow would be to presume the Lord wants you to share the gospel with everyone unless He leads you not to (Acts 16:6). If we do not preach it where others can hear it … how can we expect anyone to be saved??? . and in all Judea and Samaria. and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem. How can any person. who was taken up from you into heaven. The Gospel of Christ is the only thing that has the power to bring salvation to a person. I am his debtor to serve him until he does. then our province. will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?" And He said to them. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up. "Men of Galilee. It was Oswald Chambers who said: “So long as there is a human being who does not know Jesus Christ. So." We should not spend our free-time trying to figure out how the end-times will unravel itself . and to the end of the earth. they asked Him. who also said.should at least start to open up his mouth where he lives.” With this agrees the words of the apostle Paul: Romans 1:14-16 I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you. and a cloud received Him out of their sight.. our time would be better spend if we simply focus on the main job at hand … that of being witnesses for Jesus! Acts 1:9-11 Now when He had spoken these things. for the Jew first and also for the Greek. will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ. He was taken up. behold. Go and wait for the power to take the gospel to the world. "It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus. Acts 1:6-8 Therefore." The inference is. but to take the light to those who sit in the dark shadow of death. two men stood by them in white apparel. as much as is in me. saying. but you have not even preached in your own home-town! We read in Acts 1 that Jesus expects us first to be faithful witnesses in our own hometown. “Don‟t stand here gazing up into the heavens. while they watched.
The well-known open-air preacher. but TWO! The shoes that we are supposed to wear are an offensive weapon! We use shoes to ATTACK. Indifference will find an excuse. our soldiers. This one thing we should do. there is a cure for this: ―EVANGELISM!‖ Evangelism is the cure to the disease of church boredom. that I might win the more. having put on the breastplate of righteousness. taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. few Christians today are wearing these shoes … few Christians today have this preparedness to preach the Gospel of peace. not backwards! However. that you may be able to withstand in the evil day. . and to take care of this or that society. do settle down God will burn their barracks over their heads!” It has been said that “the church that does not evangelize will fossilize. to stand. having girded your waist with truth. And take the helmet of salvation. I have made myself a servant to all. which is the word of God… What most Christians miss in the passage above is that the armour of God does not have only one offensive weapon (the sword). John Wesley. let this horrible war quickly come to an end that we may all return home and engage in the only work that is worthwhile—and that is the salvation of men. Therefore spend and be spent in this work. Stand therefore. and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace. We should want to see people in heaven so much that we would be willing to do anything for them to know Jesus. We have to agree with Richard Wurmbrand on the following that he wrote: “Consider as sin any minute of life spent on something other than saving souls for eternity from this world doomed to destruction. The church is not a hospital where the wounded should rest and recover. I have become all things to all men. wrote: “You have nothing to do but to save souls. I hope that if ever they. The church is supposed to be a training-centre to equip the soldiers of Christ for battle! Catherine Booth. but to those that need you most . And go not only to those that need you.” Most Christians are familiar with the armour of God: Ephesians 6:13-17 Therefore take up the whole armor of God. to bring as many sinners as you possibly can to repentance.Romans 10:14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? Our main business ought to be the saving of souls. . above all. but to save as many souls as you can. that I might win the weak. that I might by all means save some. . the wife of William Booth (founder of the Salvation Army) once said: “A barracks is meant to be a place where real soldiers were to be fed and equipped for war. not a place to settle down in or as a comfortable snuggery in which to enjoy ourselves.” Are you willing? Love will find a way.” How true! Most young people today find the ―Christian life‖ boring … however.” Even General ―Stonewall‖ Jackson expressed a similar thought: “Oh God. 1 Corinthians 9:19. and having done all. and the sword of the Spirit.22 For though I am free from all men. It is not your business to preach so many times. … to the weak I became as weak. not to retreat or run away! We are supposed to go forward with these shoes.
I‘ve always wondered what is so sinful about being ―fearful‖ that will cause these people to go to hell? To be fearful must be something very serious to merit this kind of punishment? It is not a sin to be afraid of the dark. and be turned aside to fables. In other words. For believers still on earth. Any other time would be wrong! That means we should be prepared to preach the Word at all times. rebuke. you do not have to be an electrician to change a light bulb in your house … you do not have to be a mechanic to change the tyre on your car … you do not have to be an evangelist to evangelise. it‘s always ―hunting‖ season.In the very last letter that the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy (who was an apostle. but according to their own desires. in season and out of season. then that‘s what we should be doing: seeking and saving the lost. While prayer and worship are vital elements of the Christian life. But you be watchful in all things. When it comes to seeking and saving the lost. you are doing things that have eternal value. do the work of an evangelist. Consider the following verses: . endure afflictions. thereby fulfilling his ministry of an apostle. and unbelieving. Also realize that when we stand in front of God. for example. pray as He prayed. fulfill your ministry. shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. There is a very interesting verse in Revelation … Revelation 21:8 But the FEARFUL. The only time we lose is when we don‘t share our faith. and whoremongers. they will heap up for themselves teachers. When you are witnessing or preaching the Gospel. Convince. and obey His Great Commission. If you have a mouth … you should preach the Word! 2 Timothy 4:1-5 “I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ. To love and honour Jesus is to obey Him. not an evangelist – compare 1 Thess 1:1 with 1 Thess 2:6) … that although he was not an evangelist … he should nevertheless do the WORK of an evangelist. Your Father in heaven sees it. If we are going to live as He lived. Every other time it is a winning situation. and they will turn their ears away from the truth. Remember that there are only two times to share the gospel with people: in season and out of season. with all longsuffering and teaching. and the abominable. and idolaters. and all liars. evangelism is our primary task. Don‘t stop until you see Him face to face! Use the breath that He has given you to further His kingdom here on earth until He returns. But many of us will realize that we shared His Son way too little during our time on earth. We should be ready to preach the gospel to everyone we meet. and sorcerers. and murderers. because they have itching ears. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine. none of us will say that we shared His Son too much. but it IS sinful to be afraid of confessing Christ in public. Jesus came to this world for one reason: to seek and save the lost. and He has commanded us to preach the gospel to every creature. I believe that if God wanted us to spend the majority of our time in conversation with Him. He‘d take us to heaven right now so we could do that without distraction. and go for it. exhort.
lightning struck his lighthouse and put out the light. So the ―fearful‖ in Revelation 21:8 are those who are so ashamed of the Gospel that they are afraid to confess Christ before others. you will never again be able to talk with a lost person? Since that is true. “Only 2 % of believers in America regularly share their faith in Christ with others. One night during a storm. How could we ignore our responsibility and allow the world to walk blindly into the fires of hell? If God‘s love dwells within us. save with fear. That‘s the spirit that should be behind the task of evangelism. nor of me His prisoner. Yet according to Bill Bright of Campus Crusade for Christ.23). feeding the hungry. is almost entirely neglected.” That means 98 % of the professing Body of Christ is ―lukewarm‖ when it comes to obeying the Great Commission. he is an impostor. Obviously. hating even the garment spotted by the flesh” (Jude 22. etc. At the lighthouse keeper‘s trial. You can worship God in heaven. the fire-fighters should have an overwhelming sense of urgency to rescue them. we must warn the lost. “Oh my friends. Imagine seeing a group of fire-fighters polishing their engine outside a burning building with people trapped at a top floor window. Do you realize that when you take your last breath. We are to keep the light of the gospel shining so that sinners can avoid the jagged-edged rocks of wrath and escape being eternally damned.2 Timothy 1:7-8 For God has not given us a spirit of fear. then we don‘t know God—we are impostors (see 1 John 4:8). pulling them out of the fire. You can learn God‘s Word in heaven. Why? Because everyone in heaven is a believer. we are loaded down with countless church activities. He charged the lighthouse keeper with neglecting his primary responsibility: to keep the light shining. that of evangelizing and winning the lost. . But one thing you cannot do in heaven is share your faith with a nonbeliever. The Bible tells us to “have compassion . but it soon ran out of fuel—and he had given his reserves to passing ships. He immediately turned on his generator. Oswald J. and praise and neglected the sober task given to us by God. If we don‘t have love and compassion. while the real work of the Church. Smith said. You can sing songs to God in heaven. but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God… The apostle Paul connects fearfulness with being ASHAMED of the Gospel of Christ.” We have polished the engines of worship. Each of us should examine ourselves in light of these sobering thoughts (2 Corinthians 13:5) so that we won‘t be part of the . THEREFORE do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord. During the dark night. He would give free fuel to ships that miscalculated the amount of fuel needed to reach their destination port.—but our primary task is to warn sinners of danger. . a ship struck the rocks and many lives were lost. Those who are such deserve the lake of fire (Mat 10:32-33). A fire-fighter who ignores his responsibilities and allows people to perish in the flames is not a fire-fighter. I can guarantee that there is one thing you cannot do in heaven that you can do on earth. the judge knew of his reputation as a kind man and wept as he passed sentence. prayer. You can praise God in heaven. there is nothing wrong with cleaning a fire engine—but not while people are trapped in a burning building! Instead of ignoring their cries. but of power and of love and of a sound mind. shouldn‘t it be a priority of your life to reach out to all the lost people on earth while you can? There is a story of a lighthouse keeper who gained the reputation of being a very kind man. The church can so often get caught up in legitimate acts of kindness —standing for political righteousness.
You‟re just twiddling your thumbs. And feel that you‘re to blame somehow.‖ but refused to obey Him. You let me live. Though we lived together here on Earth. let me tell you just one thing. On Earth I walked with you day by day. My knowledge then was very dim. and you believe that. And yet you showed me not the light. happy in the knowledge that one day that „Walk‟ signal will shine your way across the road. It will be professing believers who will hear those fearful words. you are speaking with someone who you believe is walking directly into eternal damnation. You knew I‘d never live on high. and die. unemotional and purely selfish (expletive) that has no right to talk about subjects such as love and caring. Imagine the horrors hell must have in store if the Bible is true.great multitude who called Jesus ―Lord. then how can you sleep at night? When you speak with me. You never told me of the second birth. as you say you are. Because you failed to mention Him. We walked by day and talked by night. And never did you point the way. You knew the Lord in truth and glory. But I learn now that it‘s too late. you should be running the streets mad with rage at their blindness. I stand in judgment now. . My Friend My friend. And you could have kept me from this fate. I called you ―friend‖ and trusted you. But never did you tell the story. You‟ve really got yourself tricked into believing that you‟re 100% right. That‟s equivalent to standing on a street corner and watching every person that passes you walk blindly directly into the path of a bus and die. that‘s true. “I never knew you: depart from me” (Matthew 7:21–23). “Think about it. May God give us a renewed sense of urgency and such love for sinners that we will be convicted by our conscience if we walk past any person without a deep concern for his salvation. Do you consider yourself to be compassionate of other humans? If you‟re right about God. And now I stand this day condemned. You could have led me safe to Him. Well. then you‟re an uncaring. You‟re just going to allow that to happen and not care about saving anyone but yourself? If you‟re right. “If you believed one bit that thousands every day were falling into an eternal and unchangeable fate. yet you stand idly by and do nothing. You taught me many things. into an endless onslaught of horrendous pain which your „loving‟ god created. The following letter from an atheist is very convicting… “You are really convinced that you‟ve got all the answers. May He also work in our hearts so that our prayers will be permeated with a cry for laborers.” Read the following poem and let it sink into your soul. yet you stand by and do nothing. so that this world may be reached with the message of eternal salvation. and love.
now.Yes. call you ―my friend.‖ . And. And trusted you through joy and strife. yet. I called you ―friend‖ in life. on coming to this dreadful end. I cannot.
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