Such powerful words describe it. The words “convert,” “save,” “restore,” “recover,” and the like depict the job God left Christians to do (cf. Gal. 6:1; 2 Tim. 2:26; Js. 5:19-20; etc.). The awesome business of God’s people is to be builders in the kingdom upon a foundation originating in eternity (1 Cor. 3:9-15). Each child of God is a private engaged in spiritual warfare against a tactician only God has the power to defeat (Eph. 6:10ff).
There is ample reason to be filled with excitement and dread at the task before us! God has entrusted the business of snatching souls out of eternal fire and transferring people out of darkness into His marvelous light to us earthen vessels (2 Cor. 4:7). The moment we come out of the waters of baptism, we rise to walk in newness of life (Rom. 6:3-4). That life entails culling out negative things, bad habits, poor attitudes, old ways of living. Yet, it also calls for actions and ambitions that a non-Christian could not begin to comprehend. The sign of genuine faith taken root is the desire to share the good news we ourselves have learned.
Soul-winning is the frontline focus of the family of God. All else that we do should be an extension or support of this primary work. Benevolence, though done simply for its own sake, can be a springboard of evangelistic opportunity. Fellowship is designed to not only build up the saints, but be an atmosphere — be it worship or fellowship outside the corporate assemblies— that honors God and creates hunger and thirst for righteousness. Non-Christians who come to our assemblies can then believe (cf. 1 Cor. 14:23-24). They share our company, see the light of Christ in us, and want the joy and peace that the world cannot provide (John 14:27; Mat. 5:16).
Everywhere we go, mingling in groups and having various associations, there are opportunities. There is that person who seems to stand out from others who are more frivolously engaged in life. There is the one who, when others have long shut their ears to truth, is open-minded enough and respectful enough of truth to believe and accept the Bible. A song that is used in many soul-winning campaigns is Lead Me To Some Soul Today. God is not going to “lay” anything miraculously on our heart, leading us through some direct operation to some particular person or to say some particular thing. Yet, providentially, He can open doors that leads us to find the one in search of God’s way. Our active desire should be to cultivate our hunger and optimism for this great, primary work of the church.
With all else to distract us or compete with our attention and affection, may we never forget the prime objective! We are saved to save (2 Tim. 2:2). Find the searcher and lead the lost! It’s why we’re here.