It is sad that so few Christians are practicing soul winners. We get questions from our listeners about how to win a loved one to the Savior. Upon inquiring, we find that the person does not know how to present the gospel, and maybe cannot even define the gospel. Here are a few tips to help you with your fishing for men.
First, you must be a practicing Christian! A lady had two sons, one a lawyer and one a preacher. Both had earned a doctorate, so when a person would ask for Dr. Smith, she would answer, “Do you want the one that practices or the one who preaches?” Unfortunately, too many Christians are not practicing the Christian life. Last month we dealt with the subject of commitment and change in the Christian’s life. These are absolutely necessary for the one who would bring people to the Savior.
A fisherman tries to keep his line and bait free from debris that would frighten the fish away from the bait. We who would present the Savior must have clean lives so that the light of the gospel will not be diminished by the dirt in our lives. It may be a habit or an attitude that is harmful, or a personal matter that turns people off.
Second, you must be a praying Christian! Someone wisely observed that you must talk to God about men before you talk to men about God. It is God the Holy Spirit that must quicken the soul before that person can ask Jesus Christ to be his Savior. Read Ephesians 2:8 & 9. It might be wise to have someone else join you in prayer for that person. Pray specifically for the person by name, and ask God to prepare the heart of that person. Prayer is like preparing the soil to receive the seed. It makes a difference in the way the seed, the Bible, is received.
Third, you must be a prepared Christian! Perhaps you might want to highlight Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, Romans 10:13, John 3:16, John 1:12, etc. in your Bible or New Testament. In my early days of soul winning, another idea that helped me was to write on the top of the page, upside down, the next verse I was going to use. I would put a little arrow to show me which way to go in the Bible to find that verse. You see, I want the person I am talking to about the Lord to actually read the verse for themselves, so I would be looking at it upside down, and I would be turning pages in the opposite direction that I normally use. By having the verses highlighted, it makes it easier to locate the verse for the person to read.
Always remember, God has promised to bless His Word (Isaiah 55:11), not your words. Very often, we share our testimony, our ideas, or an interesting story of someone’s conversion. These may be good in their place, but the only thing that will produce a Christian is the seed of the Word. That is why it is important to memorize Scripture, so that we can quote God’s Word to the person. It is the Sword that cuts to the bone and changes lives.
Fourth, you must be a proclaiming Christian! We can be totally prepared, all prayed up, practicing the Christian life, and never win anybody to the Lord because we did not speak up. We can speak of anything else with ease, but we hesitate to share the most important message of the ages with our loved ones and friends. We listen to the devil when he tells us they will not understand, or they might be offended, or we might make a mistake, etc.
Don’t let Satan keep your mouth shut. Share the gospel with your loved ones and friends.
Finally, we must be producing Christians. Jesus said, in John 15, that we glorify God by producing much fruit for Him. We are told in Proverbs 11:30 “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.” When our Savior confronted the disciples after His resurrection along the sea, He asked them, “Have you any fish?” They answered, “No”. Then Jesus told them to cast the net on the other side of the ship. You see, it is the desire of the Savior and of our God that we should have fish in our nets. Have you, my friend, any fish in your net, and persons you have won to the Savior?
I am convinced that if we are practicing Christians, praying Christians, prepared Christians, we can be proclaiming Christians that will produce results.