“Who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (I Timothy 2:4, NKJV)
I have friends who are leaving soon for an undisclosed country where the gospel is severely restricted. For those of us who have the freedom to openly share our salvation experience with others, it’s difficult to imagine how many lack that freedom. Some may be worshiping secretly or have no place to worship.
As I do my daily Bible reading, I realize this is a privilege as well. I have numerous print versions as well as Bible phone apps that I can access anytime and anywhere. I often take a moment to reflect on this and to thank God for the privilege of owning a Bible. In many places in the world, it is difficult, dangerous, or even illegal to obtain a copy of the Bible. I am blessed and I know it.
When my friends enter the country in which they feel God has called them to minister, they will need to be very cautious in approaching others with the gospel. Yet those of us who do not live under such restrictions and can freely share God’s Word often don’t. Every believer—not just a special few—is called to be a witness, but are we fulfilling that calling?
Some, like my friends, are called to other nations, language groups, and cultures. But theirs is not an exclusive calling. God has called all of us to reach those who do not know the Lord.
“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8, NKJV)
God’s Spirit inside gives us the power to be His witnesses. Our place of calling is wherever we are at this moment—our street, our job site, our school, with our friends, and inside our own home.
Every soul has eternal value. That’s why it’s important that we recognize our responsibility to become soulwinners. Make His mission your mission.
“For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost” (Matthew 18:11).
In Romans 9:2 Paul says that he has “great sorrow and continual grief in my heart” for his fellow countrymen. If we are not moved by the thoughts of souls entering eternity without God, then it is time to pray that God will give us a burden for the lost.
We’ve prayed for God to increase our burden for souls. Now it’s time to look for opportunities to share our testimony. They are all around us. We rub shoulders every day with people who need the Lord. They have an emptiness that only God can fill, and we can lead them to Him.
There is one more important step we cannot overlook. Make sure your life matches your message. If we are not living a consistent and holy life before others, they will recognize those inconsistencies and not listen.
So many souls long for a better life but don’t know how to find it. Answer the call God placed on your life when He filled you with His Spirit. His mission to reach the lost must be our mission too.
“Let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.” (James 5:20, NKJV)
Thank You, Lord, for the freedom I enjoy to openly worship You and testify about Your mercy to others. Open my eyes to those around me who long for more meaning in their lives. Increase my burden for the lost and give me boldness as I share my testimony with others.