“Even if the souls we seek should all persist in unbelief, if they all despise and reject and ridicule us, yet still it will be a divine work to have at least made the attempt. ” – Charles Spurgeon
Let me be honest: I’ve never won a soul to Christ. Even though I try and witness as often as possible, to share the gospel in an accurate way, there has never been a person who has said to me, “I need to repent and trust Jesus now; will you pray with me?” However, do you know the kind of people The Lord has brought to me? Those who say they are Christians but don’t feel “worthy” to be saved, or despise the church for being “greedy,” “hypocritical” or just “not their thing.” Or, as another encounter tonight demonstrated, those who say they “know” everything about Christianity, but have grown beyond it, or “know better.”
I’ve witnessed to a lot of people who would say they are Christians, but most of them have never heard the gospel. I’ve heard them describe the Church as an institution full of hypocrites; where it’s all about the money and self-help teaching. I’ve heard them say that being a Christian is about doing the best you can, and perhaps that’s enough to be saved. There are many counterfeit gospels, but only one true gospel, and the people who proclaim the false gospels have either lost sight of the true one or have never heard it at all (Gal. 1:6-7). This is awful! This shouldn’t be! These people are dead but think they’re alive (Rev. 3:1-2); they are convinced that whatever kind of Christianity they believe, it isn’t real, it doesn’t save (and they are right!).
Fellow believers, we need to immerse our minds in truth and be more explicit about the gospel that is bold, real, and radical (1 Tim. 4:15), so that these people will have only one thing to complain about: genuine Christianity! We need to realize that regardless of how we feel about ourselves, we are saved only by the perfect record of Christ, who loves us (Gal. 2:20). Our insecurities can be major hindrances to our evangelism; find security in Christ (Psalm 42:1-2)! Substitution means that Jesus took our punishment, and we have received Jesus’ reward. This should drive our evangelism: that God saves souls and does it through us. We hold the key to man’s peace with God, because we ourselves have this peace (John 14:27).
Here is my encouragement to you:
You may not be a soul winner (yet), but you can be a soul planter (Mark. 4:1-9). We are not promised instant fruit in our evangelism (salvation), but God does call us to scatter seed (the real gospel) faithfully. Share the gospel with people (even with those who say they are Christians!), go to the Bible yourself, and immerse yourself in the love of God (1 Jn. 3). Learn more about the wrath that Jesus endured for sinners, for God’s glory (Eph. 1:1-10)!
I may die never having won a soul to Christ, but shame on me if I don’t aim my life in that direction. God does the saving, I am the planter; either way, God is glorified, and my joy increases.
Grace to you and keep going my fellow Christians!
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5:17-20 ESV)