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Soul Winners For Christ

           “Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins” (James 5:19-20). 

            “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes” (Psalms 19:7-8).

            Converting the sinner, whether an alien or a Christian who has drifted away from the fold, is a great labor of love! It not only proves one’s love for the Lord but also for all humanity. As one who has been bought with the blood of the Lord, every Christian should find it a thrill and a privilege to share with others the message of the cross. Jesus said that the cross would be His drawing power. He stated, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me” (John 12:32).

            When you sing the hymn, “A Soul Winner for Jesus”,  written by J.W. Ferrill, do you sing with an honest and pure heart? The song states, “I want to be a soul winner for Jesus every day, He does so much for me; I want to aid the lost sinner to leave his erring way, and be from bondage free.  I want to be a soul winner and bring the lost to Christ, That they His grace may know; I want to live for Christ ever, and do His blessed will, because He loves me so.” John wrote, “If ye love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15). God proved His love for man in sending Jesus into the world (I John 4:10). Jesus covered our sins through the sacrifice of His body and blood (Hebrews 10:4, 10, 19-22). Do we really want to be “Soul Winners for Christ”?

            J.W. Ferrill wrote, “I want to be a soul winner till Jesus calls for me, To lay my burdens down; I want to hear Him say, servant, ‘You’ve gathered many sheaves, Receive a shining crown.’ A soul winner for Jesus, O let me be each day; A soul winner for Jesus, He’s done so much for me.”

            Consider what the Lord has done for me/you. The Hebrew letter tells us that He left the glory of heaven and became the sacrifice necessary to purge mankind of his sin (Hebrews 1:1-3; 3:1-6). His example should lead us to a closer walk with God. The Hebrew letter also states, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds” (Hebrews 12:1-3).

            The purpose of Jesus’ coming is clearly revealed. He stated, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). Having fulfilled the scriptures Jesus is now at the right hand of God, (Hebrews 1:3). There will come a day when He will return to take His children home, (Acts 1:9-11; John 14:1-3). Are we sincere in our service to the Lord? Are we truly “Soul Winners for Christ”?

            Paul wrote, “What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also” (I Corinthians 14:15). Will you/I sing “I want to be a soul winner for Jesus every day” and  reach out to those who are lost?

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