Be a Soul Winner

Let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.
— James 5:20

Only the sacrifice of Christ can atone for sin. Jesus is the Savior but we are the ones who carry His message of forgiveness and restoration to those lost in their sins. He has not committed this glorious work to angels. God has graciously given you and me the role of “soul winner.” We might not all be evangelists in the true sense of the word, but we all have been called to evangelism. Every one of us has a responsibility to share the good news of Jesus Christ with other people. In our different walks of life, we are given opportunity by the Lord to share the gospel with those who are lost. We are Christ’s ambassadors and as such we represent Him to a lost world.

Where do we begin? We begin with compassion: the deep awareness of the suffering of another coupled with the wish to relieve it. Realize that without Christ there is no hope for the lost. Without someone winning their soul for Christ they will go to hell! The world is in crying need of Christians who are in tune with the heart of God, yet many of us are complacent about the fate of the lost and the need of pointing them to the Savior. “Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back...” (James 5:19). For someone to get saved someone else must make that commitment to go and turn him or her back. We all know people who have wandered from the truth. If we are to take the Great Shepherd’s lead and follow His example then we have to go after them with the love and compassion in our heart that He has shown to us. As recipients of God’s grace we now need to be givers of grace. What a glorious experience to win a lost soul to Christ! What joy there is in knowing that a sinner, once at war with God, is now reconciled to Him and that the Holy Spirit has worked through you to bring it to pass! What a thrill to walk through the gates of Heaven with those at your side whom you have brought to the Savior! “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.” (Proverbs 11:30)

- From Study #5171