Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Being an effective soul-winner

Then saith he unto his disciples, the harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth labourers into his harvest.
- Matthew 9:37 - 38.

Do we live like we really believe this verse, that the harvest is plenteous? Those of us in ministry often find ourselves saying, "Well, you know, this part of the country is really closed to the Gospel, it's just so hard to win these people to Christ." You know what? It's hard everywhere! But that doesn't mean God's Word is any less sure. There IS a prepared harvest, we simply must be a willing and obedient vessel for God to use. Start praying for God to give you "divine appointments." Start praying before you leave your house each day that God would bring you to someone who is ready to hear. One of the best books I have ever read on being an effective soul-winner is the book entitled, Just What the Doctor Ordered, by Walter L. Wilson. Walter would pray and ask the Lord to send him to someone who needed to hear the gospel before he would leave the house to embark on even the most mundane errands. He looked for ways to approach people and strike up a conversation with them, and then turn it toward spiritual matters. He was careful to rely on the Holy Spirit's power to work and speak through him, rather than relying on his own abilities. This easy-reading book is filled with personal stories of some of the ones Walter Wilson led to the Lord. It is such an encouraging and challenging book. It is my desire to become a more effective soul-winner as I seek to reach a dying world with the power of the Gospel.

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