If you are like me, you probably cringe at the sound of soul winning! What comes to mind when I think of soul winning is going from door-to-door trying to peddle Christian tracts or standing at a street corner trying to catch the attention of passersby who are making every effort to avoid eye contact and walk away very quickly as you call out to them.

I have always said traditional evangelism is not my thing. I am more comfortable hiding my identity behind a computer and sending out blog posts as often as I can. This week, however, I was convicted to listen to the hymn, “Hark the Voice of Jesus Calling” by Daniel March. Let me share the lyrics with you.

Hark, the voice of Jesus calling,
“Who will go and work today?
Fields are white and harvests waiting;
Who will bear the sheaves away?”
Loud and long the Master calls us,
rich reward He offers free;
who will answer, gladly saying,
“Here am I, send me, send me”?

If you cannot speak like angels,
If you cannot preach like Paul,
You can tell the love of Jesus;
You can say he died for all.
If you cannot rouse the wicked
With the judgment’s dread alarms,
You can lead the little children
To the Savior’s waiting arms.

If you cannot cross the ocean,
and the distant lands explore,
you can find the lost around you,
you can help them at your door.
If you cannot give your thousands,
you can give the widow’s mite;
what you truly give for Jesus,
will be precious in His sight.

If you cannot be the watchman
standing high on Zion’s wall,
pointing out the path to heaven,
off’ring life and peace to all,
with your pray’rs and with your bounties
you can do what heav’n demands;
you can be like faithful Aaron
holding up the prophet’s hands.

Let none hear you idly saying,
“There is nothing I can do,”
while the lost of earth are dying,
and the Master calls for you:
take the task He gives you gladly;
let His work your pleasure be;
answer quickly when He calls you,
“Here am I, send me, send me.”

I was instantly convicted in my heart.  I do not have to bear the title of a preacher or of an evangelist. I do not need to have a platform in a church gathering or crusade. I can start with my children and show them the way to God.

I may not have the charisma or courage of a missionary. I may never consider leaving the comfort of my peaceful country to risk my life for the gospel. My kids are too young! I have things I need to do! I can’t just up and leave! I don’t want to die!…. My excuses are a mile long. But I can financially support those who can and have put their entire “lives” on hold for the sake of the gospel. I can spend at least a minute each day to say a  little prayer to sustain them through those discouraging times they might face while in a foreign land.

I do not have to stand on the side of the road holding placards or stand on street corners to try and reach out to the so-called “ungodly”. I do not have to beat down on people’s doors. My life can be the sign people read that points the way to heaven. My love must reach out to the poor, the hungry, the naked, so they too can experience the joys of having a Heavenly Father who supplies all our needs.

So dear readers,

Let none hear you idly saying,
“There is nothing I can do,”
while the lost of earth are dying,
and the Master calls for you:
take the task He gives you gladly;
let His work your pleasure be;
answer quickly when He calls you,
“Here am I, send me, send me.”

Be intentional about winning souls. There is so much you can do.

…he who wins souls is wise. Proverbs 11:30 Berean Study Bible

 

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