Psalms 126:5-6 “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”
Planting done in the spring yields the fruit of harvest in the fall. Yet, if we fail to plant, we will never see the increase. It is like that in so many areas of our life. A child can watch a seed they plant in a paper cup grow to be a flower to give as a gift. A young person can be shown that hard work invested in the home, and at a job that yields an attitude of gratitude; a satisfaction of a job well done.
For some, the hardest part is starting. But, when you begin, there is something that happens when we apply ourselves to the task at hand. When we join with others in the work, there forms a camaraderie that binds us together. It has been said that the best friendships are forged at the end of a hoe handle.
Over the thirty-one years that span my career, there are folks with whom I’ve worked for a great portion of that time. We know each other. We have shared our sorrows, and our joys; our successes and our failures. There are some with whom I have been able to share the gospel with to the saving of their soul.
For the saved, child of God, there is truly only one work that matters – the winning of lost souls to Jesus Christ. Anything else you or I could do, we could do more perfectly in Heaven. There is only one opportunity here on earth, that we are given to choose our eternal destiny.
When our work becomes our passion, it defines us; it embodies us. It affects us deeply. As a former addict, I am keenly aware of those that struggle with addictions. I work to see them set free to not only stop the bad but help them find the good to replace it. So, when a person falls or fails, my heart hurts for them.
There have been sleepless nights spent looking for the wayward one. Tearful times over loss. Joyful times with the success and awe-filled times when God does the miraculous. But when I think about the greatest work I have been called to do, do I weep over lost souls? Does the fact that there are people who have not heard the gospel affect me?
In any field, those who are zealous are looked at as fanatics or freaks. If there were any moniker I would be most happy to bear – “soulwinner” would be the one I would wear most proudly! By pure definition, God is the One who does the saving, we are but the obedient messenger; the ambassador giving the message we’ve been commissioned to give.
Telling others how Jesus died for their sins so they can be saved is everyone’s responsibility. It is not a ‘ministry’, or a ‘calling’, or only for those ‘gifted’ to do so. It is a work that grows in you as you go. The more you go, the more fruit you will see. The more fruit you see the greater the burden to go.
When you commit to what God has commanded us to do, you want to know more how to effectively give the gospel to others. You see people differently. You see relationships as a chance to share the most wonderful news anyone could ever hear. You see chance meetings as divine appointments for us to give the gospel or hand them a tract.
Our enemy wants us to keep silent. Silence is disobedience. Silence is the fruit of fear and fear is not of God. We cannot think of what people will think of us. It is not we who are presenting ourselves – we are ambassadors of the King of Kings.
If you have cooled from giving the gospel, ask God to give you a burden for the lost. Ask him to open your eyes to their condition and your heart to feel again the need to be a witness. Find someone who is going and ask to go and have them be your accountability partner.
If you have never gone, take some tracts from your church and leave them where people can pick them up and read them. If your church doesn’t have tracts – you are in the wrong church!
Matthew 28:19-20 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.“