I used to think that soul winning wasn't for me. Yeah, I know that the Bible says that "He that winneth souls is wise," but it just seemed to be impossible for me. I am a naturally shy person and my feelings used to get hurt very easily. What am I saying ... they still do sometimes. But the Lord started dealing with me a while back about it.
It started with the woman who asked me if I was a Christian. I've posted about it on here before. She stepped outside of her door and stopped me saying, "I have something to ask you." The fact that she could be so bold, but sweet at the same time really got to me. I asked God that day to give me that same boldness, but I didn't really know what I was getting into when I asked that.
I began to often hear preachers say that God makes the impossible possible. That sometimes even when we think we can't do something, by God's grace we can. Just one step of faith in His name; that's all it takes.
And then my heart became heavy for loved ones. I had always prayed for the ones I love who I'm not sure of their spiritual state, but this was a different burden. It was a burning in my throat, a feeling in the pit of my stomach. I felt the Lord telling me to speak with them.
I'm not talking about shoving some scripture down their throat and condemning them for whatever. I'm just talking about some simple conversations ... Are you a Christian? Do you remember when you got saved? What's your church experience? Or even just sharing my own testimony. Simple little things. Walking through doors and taking advantage of opportunities.
I'm still in the process of this, mind you. I believe until the Lord takes me home, I always will. And I've resisted and fought God a lot along the way. However, He has brought me very far. He has given me strength and confidence to say things that I never thought possible.
I'm no pro at winning souls to Christ, but I'm trying to show some compassion to those I love. Taking time to let them know that I love them and that there is a God who loves them too. It's been a real blessing and even though it's scary every time I do it, I plan to keep on going.
And any time I think about not doing it, I imagine myself at the judgement seat of Christ.
Although I know I'll go to Heaven no matter what I do (salvation is a forever ever ever thing), I will still have to give an account of how I lived life on Earth. I believe that I will have to give an account for those who God told me to speak to ... I can't save them and I can't deliver them to Him, but I can speak. And I imagine Jesus, very disappointed, asking me why those people weren't good enough for me to talk to. I imagine those very people, in a Devil's hell, asking me why I never spoke up even though I knew the Truth.
I think about the lost man my husband knew a few years ago. The man who the Lord impressed upon his heart to speak to, but because he was in a hurry, he ignored the feeling and went along. The man who died that very weekend. Unless he was saved in between that moment and the point where he died, that man is in hell today. That thought is unbearable to me especially when I imagine my loved ones in that man's place.
I want to hear "Well done" ... not "Why?"
[And in that case, that applies to the entire walk with Christ as a whole.]
Soul winning is scary. It's a heavy weight. And if you're like me ... shy, withdrawn, and very self conscious about what people think ... it can seem like an impossible task. But God has been bringing me out of my shell. He has given me confidence and strength. He has given me the promise that even if someone spits in my face, He will surely be there to comfort me.
So if the Lord is dealing with you about talking to someone, go for it. Jump in. It's crazy. The words may even feel crazy coming out of your mouth. But you'll never regret sharing the Lord with someone no matter what the consequences.
So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
- Hebrews 13:6