Soul-Winning Motivator Podcast #161
Welcome to the Soul-Winning Motivator Podcast #161.
This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International. As always, it is so good to be with you today to challenge you, encourage you, exhort you, and motivate you to witness for the Lord Jesus Christ right where you are to those who are not believers in Christ. Even though we will share some instructions on how to witness for the Lord from time to time, we believe that most Christians do not need to learn how to witness for the Lord, they just need to go and do it; so our aim is more motivational than instructional.
Our soul-winning Passage from the Word of God today is which reads 1 Corinthians 9:20: “And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law.”
Allow me to share with you some insights regarding this Scripture from the Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable:
It was the apostle’s custom to follow Jewish ways when he was in the company of Jews (“to the Jews I became a Jew”). He did so to make them receptive to him and his message rather than antagonistic. He did not do this because he felt obligated to keep the Mosaic Law (“not being myself under the Law”). He did not feel obligated to do so. The salvation of Jews was his objective in observing Jewish laws and customs (“as under the Law … that I might win those who are under the Law”), many of which dealt with abstaining from certain foods. He had circumcised Timothy at Lystra for this purpose, namely, more effective ministry to and among Jews.
Our soul winning quote today is from Charles Spurgeon. He said: “I believe that much of the secret of soul-winning lies in having bowels of compassion, in having spirits that can be touched with the feeling of human infirmities.”
Our soul winning devotional is part 26 of our series titled “The Master Plan of Evangelism” from Robert E. Coleman.
Consecration – To Obey Is to Learn
This does not mean, however, that the disciples quickly understood everything the Lord said. Far from it. Their ability to grasp the deeper truths of the Lord’s vicarious ministry was encumbered with all the limitations of human frailty. When Jesus told the disciples after the great affirmation at Caesarea Philippi that He would be put to death by the religious leaders in Jerusalem, Peter actually rebuked him, saying, “Be it far from thee, Lord: This shall never be unto thee”. Whereupon Jesus had to tell the big fisherman that Satan deceived him at this point: “For thou mindest not the things of God, but of men”. Nor did this end it. Again and again Jesus felt constrained to speak about His death and its meaning to them, but they failed to comprehend it until the day He was betrayed into the hands of His enemies.
Not comprehending clearly the message of the cross, of course, they faltered at first in understanding their own place in the Kingdom. It was hard for them to accept the teaching of lowly servitude for the sake of others. They bickered among themselves who would be greatest in the Kingdom. James and John wanted to have the prominent places, and the other ten, displaying an envious spirit, were indignant about it. They were unnecessarily harsh in their judgment on others who did not agree with them. They were moved “with indignation” at parents who wanted Jesus to bless their children. Obviously, the practical outworking of what it meant to follow Christ was not fully experienced.
Yet Jesus patiently endured these human failings of His chosen disciples, because in spite of all their shortcomings they were willing to follow Him. There was a brief interval of time after their initial call when they went back to their old fishing business, but their return does not seem to have been precipitated by any act of disobedience on their part. They just had not come to realize His purpose for their lives in leadership, or perhaps it had not yet been told them. Nonetheless, from the time that He appeared at their business and asked them to follow Him to become fishers of men, “they left all, and followed him”. Later on, though they had much to learn, they could say that their dedication to Christ was still holding true. With such men Jesus was willing to put up with a lot of those things which issued from their spiritual immaturity. He knew that they could master these defects as they grew in grace and knowledge. Their capacity to receive revelation would grow, provided they continued to practice what truth they did understand.
Obedience to Christ thus was the very means by which those in His company learned more truth. He did not ask the disciples to follow what they did not know to be true, but no one could follow Him without learning what was true . Hence, Jesus did not urge His disciples to commit their lives to a doctrine, but to a Person Who was the doctrine, and only as they continued in His Word could they know the truth.
In our next episode, we will look at Consecration – The Proof of Love
* * * * * * * * Let’s Pray * * * * * * * *
Dear friend, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, may I encourage you to get to know Him today.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Until next time,
Keep the soul winner’s fire!