Proverbs 11:30 says, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.” This verse explains that a righteous life is like a fruit-bearing tree that brings nourishment, refreshment, and joy to others. The wise man wins others to a life of wisdom and righteousness, and that is none other than having a growing and fruitful relationship with God. We win them over to the God of life and they in turn receive fullness of life in Jesus Christ.
This is one of the great texts for soul winners in the Bible. It reminds us of the promise which Jesus made to Simon and Andrew in Mark 1:17, “Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.” What a privilege it is to be used of God in doing a work to change human lives forever! Every soul won to the Lord will be a worshiper of the Lamb of God forever!
Every Christian ought to be a soul winner. The studies say that only a few are soul winners. One study found that 80% of those who attend church one or more times a month, believe they have a personal responsibility to share their faith, but 61 percent have not told another person about how to become a Christian in the previous six months. Here are some common excuses Christians give to not evangelize: I’m scared, I don’t know how to share my faith, I don’t know how to start a spiritual conversation, I don’t have time, I don’t know many unsaved people, they may ask a question I can’t answer, and the list goes on. The Apostle Paul said, “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, because it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes.” As followers of Jesus Christ, what are your responses to those reasons? How can Christians overcome their barriers when it comes to evangelism?
What does it take to become a soul winner? Let me suggest three things: you must be saturated in prayer, you must care, and you must be willing to share. Soul winning is a spiritual work and it requires spiritual power. The Holy Spirit works through praying Christians (Acts 1:8; 4:31). You must care about the lost and their eternal destiny. The second greatest commandment (Matthew 22:39; Mark 12:31; Galatians 5:14) and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15) lead us to conclude that we must have compassion on the lost so that we can lead them to trust in Jesus as their Lord and Savior. You can be trained how to share your faith, but until your love for others overcomes your fear you will not be able to. The heart to care and the willingness to share your faith are intertwined.
When you feel like you can’t witness to those around you, it may be because you are not living right; remember Proverbs 11:30? “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life.” Proverbs 28:1 says, “The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.” Let me encourage you to live right and to talk right. Pray for boldness and if you will live right and talk right then this verse says that you can become as bold as a lion ready to share your faith with those you meet. On a practical note, I want to encourage you to write out your own testimony and have it ready to share with someone. In Acts 26 we have Paul’s testimony and defense; it only takes about 2 minutes to read his testimony. Giving our testimony should not take more than 2-3 minutes and this is about the amount of time we should use. If you have never witnessed for the Lord before, this is a great first step. Pray, care, and share! God will bless your heartfelt obedience!