DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT MONDAY – A HEART STARTER #50.
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and those who win souls are wise. - Proverbs 11:30.
Last week Jean and I attended our Queensland State Conference, and it was a wonderful time of inspiration and refreshment. J John from England was the Guest speaker, and as always he dynamically spoke on the need for the Church, and specifically Pastor’s, to do the work of an evangelist, and to encourage their congregations to do likewise.
We also heard a tremendous message from Wayne Alcorn, our State President, on the need to train our people for the work of seeking the lost, and he used the movie ‘The Guardian’; with Kevin Costner, as an illustration of searching for and winning the lost.
Steve Kennedy then gave a marvelous message on ‘The Sower,’ using some very powerful personal testimonies.
A fantastic conference and one that we will be attending next year, so it’s only fitting that todays “Heart Starter” is on EVANGELISM…
I care not where I go or how I live or what I endure so that I may save souls. When I sleep, I dream of them; when I awake, they are first in my thoughts. - David Brainerd.
If to be a Christian is worthwhile, then the most ordinary interest in those with whom we come in contact would prompt us to speak to them of Christ.
If the New Testament be true--and we know that it is--who has given us the right to place the responsibility for soul-winning on other shoulders than our own?
If they who reject Christ are in danger, is it not strange that we, who are so sympathetic when the difficulties are physical or temporal, should apparently be so devoid of interest as to allow our friends and neighbors and kindred to come into our lives and pass out again without a word of invitation to accept Christ, to say nothing of sounding a note of warning because of their peril?
If today is the day of salvation, if tomorrow may never come and if life is equally uncertain, how can we eat, drink and be merry when those who live with us, work with us, walk with us and love us are unprepared for eternity because they are unprepared for time?
If Jesus called his disciples to be fishers of men, who gave us the right to be satisfied with making fishing tackle or pointing the way to the fishing banks instead of going ourselves to cast out the net until it be filled?
If Jesus himself went seeking the lost, if Paul the Apostle was in agony because his kinsmen, according to the flesh, knew not Christ, why should we not consider it worthwhile to go out after the lost until they are found?
If I am to stand at the judgment seat of Christ to render an account for the deeds done in the Body, what shall I say to him if my children are missing, if my friends are not saved or if my employer or employee should miss the way because I have been faithless?
If I wish to be approved at the last day, then let me remember that no intellectual superiority, no eloquence in preaching, no absorption in business, no shrinking temperament or no spirit of timidity can take the place of or be an excuse for my not making an honest, sincere, prayerful effort to win others to Christ. - J. Wilbur Chapman.
A good witness isn't like a salesman; emphasis is on a person rather than a product. A good witness is like a signpost. It doesn't matter whether it is old, young, pretty, ugly; it has to point the right direction and be able to be understood. We are witnesses to Christ, we point to him. - John White.
Wow! Now that our hearts are beating regularly, let’s consider what we have just read over a cup of Java, and ask the Lord to help us by the power of the Holy Spirit, to share this wonderful gospel, to demonstrate it in such a way that it is evident to all, that it is a gospel of love and redemption. Hallelujah!
Loving Father, I thank you for the beautiful weekend that I have just had. Help me by the power of the Holy Spirit to start off this week, by taking on board, some of the advice and inspirations that I have just read. In the wonderful and mighty name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.