QUESTION: HOW CAN I HAVE PASSION FOR SOUL WINNING?
Study References: Mark 16:15-18, Acts 1:8, Acts 16:25-34.
The term “soul-winning” simply refers to the practice of leading lost sinners to the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation. Surely, no one can save anybody, only Jesus Christ can save! However, God Almighty has entrusted the job of soul-winning to all His disciples. If you are a saved, born-again Believer, then you are commanded to be a soul-winner, according to Mark 16:15-16; “He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”
Witnessing, however, is less about what we do for the Lord as it is about what He does through us, and this requires a surrendered heart filled with the Holy Spirit. Indeed, the same Holy Spirit who empowered Christ while He was ministering on earth can empower us as well. First, however, we need to understand our role in building the body of Christ. As the apostle Paul explained to those in Corinth, we are God’s servants who work in unity with one another to produce a harvest. One will plow the soil, another may plant the seed, and another laborer will water it, but only God can make that seed grow (1 Corinthians 3:7).
We can have a passion for lost souls by studying and meditating daily on the word of God, by praying always for the Holy Spirit to fill us with His presence. Bible says in 2 corinthians 5:20; "We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God." We have the responsibility to reconcile men to Christ.
We must always be in communion with the Lord Jesus so that we shall increasingly share His concern for the souls of men. After all, a real passion for souls is not the product of ourselves at all; it is His love and compassion within us that makes us concerned. (Mark 16:15-18; Acts 1:8; 2 Peter 3:9; Revelation 22:17).
But how can we be filled with His love and concern for the salvation of the lost? We must be filled with the Holy Spirit so that we are constrained by His love as it is shed abroad in our hearts and flows out from our lives. (Ephesians 5:18; 2 Corinthians 5:14; Romans 5:5).
Once we are saved, it should be our concern to make our lives a living testimony of the word of God. We should live our lives to be "Christ-like". Matthew 5:16 says; "In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father."
Paul and Silas had a prison guard saved by their attitude when in prison, our life can save someone too. (Acts 16:25-34).