My friend, may I ask you a question? Is Jesus concerned with soul winners or soul workers? How important is it that we convert unbelievers? Or, is our job to learn how do the work of winning instead? In the end, how important is winning anyway?
My friend, life's a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
I had a track coach in High school, Mr. Stracka. In many ways I consider him a rather unique personality. Here’s why. After joining the Freshman team I remember attending my first team meeting. He gathered his young recruits together and gave an unforgettable pep talk. Coach asked two questions to start out: “How many of you are here to WIN?” Nearly every hand went up. Why would anyone join a team to lose, right? Then he asked: “How many of you want to learn HOW to run?” Fewer hands went up this time. Who would want a team featuring a bunch of dummies? Then he said. “Each one of you should be here because you want to run. If you run hard enough and long enough you might win a race someday. That would be great.The most important thing I can teach you, however, is to learn how to BE a good runner. Trophies and ribbons aren’t our first priority. Becoming a runner, a good one, makes winning a possibility.”
I joined the track team with the goal of being a winner. I quickly found out that Coach Stracka had something else in mind. He wanted to teach me how to be a runner. What about Jesus? Does he want us to win souls or to learn how to win souls? How important is winning anyway?
Oswald Chambers writes. “Jesus Christ did not say — ‘Go and save souls’ (the salvation of souls is the supernatural work of God), but — ‘Go and teach,’ i.e., disciple, ‘all nations,’ and you cannot make disciples unless you are a disciple yourself. When the disciples came back from their first mission, they were filled with joy because the devils were subject to them, and Jesus said — ‘Don’t rejoice in successful service; the great secret of joy is that you are rightly related to Me.’ The great essential of the missionary is that he remains true to the call of God, and realises (sic) that his one purpose is to disciple men and women to Jesus. There is a passion for souls that does not spring from God, but from the desire to make converts to our point of view.” (My Utmost for His Highest, October 26)
The Apostle states in John 20:21: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” It’s obvious that it never was nor is or will be our job to win souls to Christ. That’s the territory of the Holy Spirit. You and I are facilitators, workers who bring the message and then count on the Spirit to do the work. Being a disciple of Christ pretty much guarantees there will never be a trophy or ribbon on our spiritual wall of fame. There is a place, though, where those trophies and ribbons abound; it’s called Heaven. It’s one big trophy case of believers who heard the message and believed. You and I make that winning possible, nothing more.
We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for calling us to do the hard work of working hard for Christ. Although being a disciple is not always the most rewarding experience, it is what we do. Forgive us Lord when we make winning souls a priority over winning disciples who win souls. Winning is your glory; learning how to win is ours. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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