"...he who wins souls is wise." (Proverbs 11:30)
As Christians, we’re all in the ministry of reconciliation; we’re called to win souls. As soul winners, there’re certain requirements necessary for an effective ministry in leading men to Christ.
First is clarity; clarity of the message that you preach. You must understand the message of Christ, first for yourself, because you can’t communicate to someone else something you don’t understand. You can’t bless someone else with something that you haven’t been blessed with. You can only give what you have; and so, a good understanding of the Gospel is imperative.
Secondly, conviction; there has to be absolute conviction in your spirit about Christ and the salvation that He brought for the whole world. You must become fully persuaded of His message, of His person, and of His mission.
The Apostle Paul in Romans 1:16 expressed a profound note of conviction. He said:
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes..."
His persuasion was absolute: there’s no other way for salvation except Jesus Christ! There’re no options.
He also said in 1 Corinthians 9:16, "...for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel!" persuaded; when you know without an iota of doubt that the only way to life and for life is Jesus Christ, who is Himself LIFE.
Thirdly, possession! As a soul winner, you must have full possession of truth. You may be convinced of something, but it’s not enough. That truth must become yours.
The Lord Jesus said:
"Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life."
The one who believes is a possessor. You must be in possession of the truth that, as a soul winner, you have eternal life, and that’s what you’re dispensing to others. You’re “living” eternal life now.
Arm yourself with these truths as you go about your soul-winning work, and you’ll be a more effective minister of reconciliation.
Holy Father, thank You for equipping me with this important information on how to be a successful winner. I receive Your instructions with meekness, and I declare that my soul-winning efforts are taken to a new and higher level of glory, success, and productivity as I put Your Word to work, in Jesus' Name. Amen.
Further Study: Mark 16:15; Daniel 12:3