We are told to be soul winners for Christ. Many churches deem your worthiness in the number of souls you have won. We need to rethink soul winning in light of today’s devotional.
Mr. Hill, I am pleased to see you–I am one of your converts!
A man picked himself up from the gutter and brushed up against Rowland Hill one night as he went home, and he said, “Mr. Hill, I am pleased to see you–I am one of your converts!”
Rowland said, “I thought it was very likely that you were. You are certainly not one of God’s converts, or else you would not be drunk.”
There is a great lesson in that answer. Rowland Hill’s converts could get drunk, but not the converts of the Spirit of God–those are really renewed in the spirit of their mind, by a supernatural operation!
Our converts are no good.
If our preaching does not turn men . . .
from drunkenness–to sobriety,
from thieving–to honesty,
from unchastity–to purity,
then our Gospel is not worth a button!
But if it does all this, then this is the evidence that it comes from God–seeing that in the world so sorely diseased by sin, it works the wondrous miracle of curing men of these deadly evils!
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation! Old things have passed away–behold, all things have become new!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
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We do not win souls to Christ. It is God that woos the souls of men and women to Him and the Holy Spirit convicts’ men and women of their sin. Then men and women choose to repent, accept God’s invitation of new life in Christ, or to reject it.
It is crucial to understand who does the saving and who does the proclaiming. We share the gospel message, while God convicts of sin.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001