Soul-winning is the most important work in the world. It alone was the sufficient cause for the Word to become flesh and dwell among men (John 1:14). “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth.”
(Luke 19:10) “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
After Jesus provided the means through His atoning blood by which souls might be won and saved from sin, He sent His disciples out with the incomparable task of winning souls by preaching His Gospel. But soul-winning is not merely a task or duty, although it is certainly both. It is also a surpassing privilege that brings manifold joy each time a soul is won by the Gospel.
Soul-winning brings joy to Heaven.
(Luke 15:10) “Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repents.”
Since the first sin, the whole interest of Heaven has been the redemption of the human race. God spent several centuries bringing His plan of redemption to fruition.
(Galatians 4:4) “But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law,”
Would it not be the wonder of all wonders if the Heavenly hosts were indifferent when men choose to obey the Gospel and be saved? The populace of Heaven is no less thrilled when the redeemed go out seeking the souls of those yet lost. How much joy have you hereby brought to the angels?
Soul-winning brings joy to the soul won.
After his baptism, the Ethiopian “went on his way rejoicing”
(Acts 8:39) “And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.”
The joy of the discovery and obedience of the Truth, the release from the guilt of sin, the entering into a new life, and the hope of eternal life all combine to make the moment of conversion a source of incomparable rejoicing!
Soul-winning brings joy to the soul-winner.
(Psalms 126:6) “He that goes forth and weeps, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”
There are many joys and thrills to be experienced in the Christian life, but only one outshines that of becoming a Christian: sowing the seed and reaping the harvest of a soul.
Soul-winning brings joy to all the saints.
When Paul and Barnabas reported the conversion of many gentiles from their preaching efforts, “they caused great joy unto all the brethren”
(Acts 15:3) “And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all the brethren.”
There are some few who could not care less whether or not the Gospel is taken to the lost, but most saints rejoice greatly at the news of every soul won, regardless of who won it. The genuine heart can never be jealous of nor indifferent to the success of others in winning souls. No wonder Solomon wrote: (Pro 11:30) “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that wins souls is wise.”
Give me one soul today
Lead me to some souls today,
O teach me Lord, just what to say.
Friends of mine
Are lost in sin
And cannot find their way.
Few there are who seem to care
And few there are who pray.
Melt my heart and fill my life,
Give me one soul today.