The King James Version of Proverbs 11:30 says, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; And he that winneth souls is wise.” Solomon metaphorically portrays the faithful child of God as a fruit tree which provides nourishment for many. It is God’s desire for us to live in a way that makes an impact on others. We are alive to know God and to make Him known (Genesis 1:26 and Matthew 5:16). Solomon said “he that winneth souls is wise.” To be wise is to be skillful in living. Those who are astute at living according to God’s will are used by God to win people to Christ. The Lord uses their lives as a source of blessing and provision. The fruits of the Spirit which radiate from their souls attract others to the ways of God. Unfortunately, many believers never leverage much influence for the Son of God. They enjoy a dab of religion, but they don’t live lives that impacts others. Consider three reasons we should be active in witnessing for Christ.
The gospel has been given.
When Christ’s earliest followers witnessed, they said, “There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people, and we must be saved by it” (Acts 4:12). Believers have good reason to witness with the gospel. God has provided a special and specific way of salvation. There are not a multitude of ways to God. There is only one — Jesus Christ. Given that God has given His one and only Son as a substitute for sin, God’s church ought to speak up. Most people are often more than willing to share good news. Shouldn’t believers be enthusiastic about sharing the gospel?
When Jesus enlisted some of His first followers, He said, “Follow Me…and I will make you fish for people!” (Mark 1:16). Prior to their conversion, Peter and Andrew were fishers of fish. Once they became Christians, God wanted them to fish for men! The metaphor pictures disciples luring and enticing others into a relationship with God. Notice from Jesus’ summons that such fishing is a natural part of following Jesus. In other words, if you aren’t trying to win others to Christ, you aren’t really walking with Christ. When you are in the habit of daily dying to self, you will get in the habit of telling others about the Savior. Walking in the word will make you witness for the Word.
The Savior saves.
Jesus once articulated His ministry’s purpose statement, saying, “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10). If Jesus’ main ministry focus was seeing lost people saved, shouldn’t we be concerned about the same? I think we should. But notice something else from our Lord’s words. He indicated that He would indeed save the lost. In another place He said, “I will build My church” (Matthew 16:18). When Paul ministered in Corinth, Jesus appeared to him in a vision and said, “I have many people in this city” (Acts 18:10). Mark it down, the Lord has ordained a great number of people to salvation. The Savior saves. His people simply need to proclaim the gospel. If they will, people will come to Christ.
Dr. Patrick Latham