Instruct the wise, and they will be even wiser
Instruct the wise, and they will be even wiser
If you have had an encounter with Jesus – if you have received Him as your Lord and personal saviour – then you have something very powerful to share with others. John 4 tells a story of a Samaritan woman who met a man at the well who actually revealed to her that He was indeed the Messiah. I encourage you to read the whole chapter. The woman of Samaria understood her mission. Immediately she had an encounter with Jesus for the very first time, she ran back to the city and told everyone, “Come, see a man, who told me all things that I ever did: is not this the Christ?” The Bible says they all left the city and went out to see Jesus (John 4:6-30).woman of Samaria…
The woman of Samaria had never been to an evangelism event when she decided to share her testimony, at a short notice, with the whole city after she had an encounter with our Lord and saviour, Jesus Christ. Although, the woman anticipated the Messiah’s coming, she never expected to meet Him personally at that moment in time, let alone, be His witness – she ended up with the whole city following her to meet Jesus. She went into the city to tell the people to see if they were interested in meeting the Messiah, saying: “come, see a man who told me all things I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” (John 4:29).
It was her encounter with Jesus which made this Samaritan, a woman living morally depraved life, from a prostitute to believer in Christ and soul’s winner. On that afternoon, Jesus met her spiritual need for conversion and cleansed her of her sins. Straightaway, she became a powerful witness for Christ as she mobilized the men in the city to come and meet Jesus.
We’ve been introduced to the gospel of Christ for a while, if not long time ago. We’ve known enough to tell the message and impact on other people’s lives. I wonder, why haven’t many believers stood up and shown that they have the most important message that the world needs to hear? After going into the city to share her testimony, generating great interest and curiosity, the people of that city climaxed her story with the following powerful statement: “Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world” (John 4:42).
You may think you can’t be Christ’s witness, but yes you can. The life of the Christian is to tell the gospel and disciple the world (Acts 1:8, Matt 28:18-20). What’s the most important message that you can give to people in order to change their eternal destiny? Nothing, but the Gospel of Christ because it’s the power of God to salvation (Rom 1:16). Many are on their way to destruction because the harvest is great, but the labourers are few (Matt 9:36-38). You don’t have to be an apostle, evangelist, prophet, teacher, or pastor to be concerned about souls and share your faith. We’ve all been called to be Christ’s witnesses. Don’t be afraid to share your faith, the Holy Spirit communicates through you, so you have a good working relationship.
For the woman of Samaria, it was extraordinary to be thrust into the centre of such vibrant movement of a city to meet the Messiah because of her story. My friend, arise and share your story from today, for your light has come. Go and tell your friends and family what Christ has done for you and it will not be just a one-off, but the beginning of something huge because there is great harvest of souls out there to be won.
My own experiences as a soul winner have driven me to encourage you. It’s the gospel of Christ that saves lives. I was saved when someone told me about heaven and hell. When I started going to church and studying the Bible, I realized that putting God’s word into practice was the best way to live a successful Christian life. But then I came across Matt 28:18-20 and Acts 1:8. I set up a prayer group and eventually started witnessing to unbelievers. There comes a point in your life where one decision has a big impact. And it has for me. Now I organised evangelism outreaches and conferences calling on believers to make soul winning their number one priority and also unbelievers to be reconciled to God. I travel around preaching the gospel of Christ with the demonstration of God’s mighty power at work in meetings – conferences, churches and open-air crusades. We’ve nothing to do in this world but to preach, teach and heal because we’ve been commissioned to go and make disciples of all nations and we are obliged to heed to our master’s command.
Sharing your faith or making disciples is not always easy, especially for someone taking on a witnessing role for the first time, but Christ is clear about our cause: “I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matt 28:20). He is with you in your community and across the globe. Believers engaging in any sort of evangelism campaign, Christ is with you. We need to unify and stand together for Jesus and propagate the gospel because that’s the only way souls can be won. Witnessing for Christ must be demonstrated, and the easiest presentation is to say, “come and see”. Having known Christ, invite others to Him.
I pray that soul winning will be on your top agenda from now on. Amen!