The core of this series will be a foundation of a Passion for Souls. Let’s take a look at two scriptures on which to base our study.
36: But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.
37: Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few;
38: Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest that he will send forth laborers into his harvest.
Matthew 4:19 “And he (Jesus) saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
There are some very valuable points brought out in these four verses of scripture.
One…When He saw the crowd of people…He was moved with compassion because they had needs, weak, shattered and had no one to lead them.
Two…There is plenty of harvest…or in other words, there are plenty of people that need and want the gospel.
Three…There is a problem! The labors are few. The “Harvesters” group is not plentiful. Too many people are passionate about sitting at the table to eat, but not enough people are passionate about working to harvest in the field of souls.
Four…Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men. God will teach you how to harvest lost souls for the Kingdom as You follow Him.
We have everything we need to get the job done. We just have to practice with the tools and components given to be successful.
Let’s go to work.
Compassion means to have sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of another.
Passion is defined as an extreme and compelling emotion. One description says it is a “barely controllable emotion.” I like that! Oh that the people filled with His Spirit would get to the place that they can “barely control” their emotions about reaching the lost and working for the Kingdom.
Let’s look at some history of people that changed the world because of their passionate compassion for lost souls.
A great preacher and pastor, C.H. Surgeon, wrote in 1861, “If sinners will be damned, at least let them leap over our bodies. And if they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay.”
He continues, “If hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go there unwarned and unprayed for.” Oh, for a passion for souls!
D.L Moody was asked, “How do you draw such large crowds?” (Mind you this is around 1893. No internet, no social media and no big PA systems.) His response to those asking, “I set myself on fire and they come and watch me burn.” That is passion!
Abraham had a passion for souls and pleaded for two God-defying, destruction-deserving cities.
Moses had a passion for souls and was willing for God to block him out.
Elijah had a passion for souls and with heart and lips aflame, he called an apostate nation back to God.
Isaiah had a passion for souls, and as he preached with the thunder and lightning of Sinai and the foregleams of Calvary, he rocked great thrones with terror.
If we were to ask, ‘What are the qualifications for successful soul-winning?’ it would be necessary to mention the following:
We must have the absolute assurance of our own salvation.
To be an effective soul winner, we not only need the driving force of passion, but we also must have something worthwhile to say; meat on the bones. People appreciate someone who is excited about something or very passionate about a cause. But they want to learn about it and know exactly what that means.
So, to be effective, we must first have the Biblical absolutes of our salvation (Acts 2:38) and be able to explain it, so someone else understands and receives it.
We must be living a separated and consistent Christian life.
This is something that has been debated for a long time. Really there is no debate when it comes to living a separated and consistent Christian life. To be separated means to be different than the status quo. We cannot “blend” to look and act like the world. Hebrews 4:12 establishes the power of His written Word. For the Word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of the soul and spirit, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. So we know here, along with many other scriptures, that God’s Word is powerful and true. Now let’s take a look at the 12th verse of the same chapter. Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord. We all know the Lord always honors obedience and that brings the favor and blessings of God into our lives. The unchurched need to see a difference in us, to see we are unlike the world. We need to exemplify a life that shows that the Christ on the inside, has affected our exterior appearance. How are we to represent a God who is holy, when we are not?
We must know the enabling and special anointing of the Holy Spirit.
The first two points bring about this point. When we have salvation and are absolute about what we have and know how to explain it, then we must live a holy, separated, and consistent life. These principles bring the enabling and special anointing of God into our lives. So as we share our story, teach a Bible study, or minister the Word of healing to others, that anointing kicks in! That, mingled with the Spirit of God, is what brings results. We need to learn to identify with that and ask God to grow that within us. We must have the anointing of God and understand it is not us, but Him who works through us.
Additionally, if we are to win the lost, we must have a passion for souls; a burden for those who are traveling toward a Christless eternity. This is what drives us to go and do what we must to be effective.
One things is for sure…we need to love the lost at any cost!
What are your thoughts on what it takes to be an effective soul winner?
What are some of the methods you use to win people to God?
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Blessings to you in everything you do for Him. See you in Part Two of this blog post!