We frequently define wisdom as “the right use of knowledge.” In James 4:17 we read, “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.”
Now, let’s apply what we have just written to what we read in Proverbs 11:30, “He that winneth souls is wise.” Is there any doubt in your mind about how our God feels about the souls of mankind? Surely John 3:16 should once and for all answer that question.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him, should not perish but have everlasting life.”
You and I, and everyone, are so important to God that He sent Christ into the world to redeem us from a life of sin and slavery to the devil. Through the death and resurrection of our LORD, we can have our sins forgiven, and receive the gift of eternal life. As followers of Jesus Christ, it should be our moment-by-moment goal to please Him.
The Apostle Paul, in Colossians 1:10, wrote “Then the way you live will always honor and please the LORD and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.”
Each of us should be ambitious and live to please Him. Does it bless you when others watch the way you do things and they express their admiration? The Bible records several times when God the Father spoke from heaven and said “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” One time was following His baptism and another was when our LORD was transfigured. What a comfort that must have been to our LORD. In John 8:29, Jesus said, “And the One who sent Me is with Me – He has not deserted Me. For I always do what pleases Him.”
Should that not be true of us as well? In light of the incredible price Christ paid on the cross to atone for our sin – surely it should be the deepest desire of our hearts — to please Him. C. T. Studd stated, “If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.” Allow yourself to think about that. Is that the way you and I feel when it comes to doing what pleases our LORD?
I have frequently focused my thinking on the life and ministry of David Brainerd, missionary to the American Indians. He wrote — “There appeared to be nothing of any importance to me but the holiness of heart and life, and the conversion of the heathen to God.” Two things were important to him – purity of heart and life, and winning the lost to faith in Christ. As the writer of Proverbs 11:30 wrote, “He that winneth souls is wise.” (Authorized Translation). The Revised Version says “He that is wise winneth souls.” As I look at these two translations, the following becomes very clear—
“The authorized version says – “He that winneth souls is wise.” Here we see that winning souls to Christ reveals wisdom. In the Revised Version that says “He that is wise winneth souls,” we see that winning souls to Christ requires wisdom.
There are three very important truths that I want all of us to see with regard to winning people to faith in Christ.
1. There is no greater service that we can offer to our fellow man, than guiding them into a personal relationship with the one and only Savior.
2. It is also fulfilling, the last and most tender of our LORD’s commands — “Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.” Mark 10:15. In Acts 1:8, just before returning to heaven, Jesus said “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me, in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
3. Lastly, winning people to Christ, receives the highest of all rewards. In Daniel 12:3 we read “They that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament, and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever.”
Folks, the last thing that Satan wants you to do is to try to win someone to Christ. He will do his best to fill you with fear. He will try to intimidate you with “Who are you to try to win someone to Christ?” Your mind will be bomb-barded with numerous reasons why you shouldn’t try.
Question – who are you going to listen to … your Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, or Satan, the father of lies? In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus did several things –
1. He gave us a great command – “Go!”
2. He gave us a great commission – “MAKE DISCIPLES!”
3. He gave us a great comfort – “AND LO I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS.”
I close with the question I began with – “Are you wise?”
Will you do everything you can to win others to Christ?
In John 15:8, Jesus said, “By this, My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit …”
Let’s sow the seed of the Gospel and reap a harvest.