If you were to ask the average Christian (whatever that means) how many people they have led to Jesus Christ, the number would be alarmingly small. The majority of Christians know they have a spiritual obligation to share the Gospel, but how to do it is an entirely different question.
I remember early in my ministry I promoted “soul winning” programs that would help the bashful saint present the GOOD NEWS. I tried everything from James Kennedy’s Evangelism Explosion to producing our church’s own tracts (pamphlets). Bumper stickers plastered the cars with spiritual gems with the hope that the simple message would draw the unsaved to the nearest salvation station. In one city where I pastored, I had the youth of our church meet every Thursday to hit the streets to present our salvation tracts. For over two months, they distributed the pamphlets to over 1,000 homes with the hope that the recipients would respond to the written invitations. Instead of jubilation at the responses, discouragement laced their minds. There were a number who made the decision, and for that we were thankful, but the toll it took on our youth weighed heavily on the leadership of our church. It was not only in our body of Believers, but many other evangelistic churches also experienced the same disappointments.
Within the next few years, the “soul winning movement” moved from the streets into the houses of worship. Altar invitations became the way of bringing the lost to Jesus. People were released from “one on one” evangelism. Their calling was to bring people to the church. It was there that the pastor would take over the “soul winning” duties. What happened was the salvation message took center stage, and soon the saved begin to starve for meat that would help them grow and become effective Christians. People failed to realize that pastors don’t reproduce sheep, the sheep do!
Today, it seems the evangelical church is slowly coming out of its citadels of worship to once again bring the Gospel message to the lost. I am thankful for those who understand their Biblical calling and are willing to share the wonderful message of God’s love. We must be careful though, not to adopt man made techniques to present the Gospel. The Church tried that before and it did not work.
Much of the discouragement that faces Believers today is based on not knowing what is expected of them. Instead of attending seminars and course instruction on “soul winning,” Christians need to simply share their story. Every day there will be opportunities to present the Truth that has been instilled in us. When we see people going through similar life-altering experiences, we must be ready to present our story. Simply share how the Lord helped you through your crisis or situation. People will not challenge your presentation, because you are the living proof of that victory. Share how you came to know Jesus Christ. Maybe that individual will not respond to your sharing, but you planted the seed. That planting will pave the way for another Believer to water that seed with his story and, through the Holy Spirit, that person may experience the miracle of rebirth. (I Corinthians 3:6-9)
How many people have you led to Jesus Christ? Maybe we don’t have a definitive number, but if the Lord would reveal to us how many came into the Kingdom by way of our seed planting or watering, we would be amazed! Maybe your joy was the sunshine that helped the seed to grow.
Share your story! Be a Planter! Be a Waterer! Let your SON shine! It is a team effort! God gives the increase.