If there is one story that is most often repeated by women, it is their story of childbirth. When a baby is born, it is a miraculous moment that fills a mother’s heart with joy. The love she has for that new child is unlike any other love.
Our new birth in Jesus Christ is just as miraculous. When Nicodemus came to Jesus by night, Jesus told him, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Nicodemus was confused at this statement. He didn’t yet know what it meant to be born again. God has asked us to labor for this joy of the new birth. While God does the miracle, He uses us in the process. How can we labor for the lost?
LOOK FOR OPPORTUNITIES
When I was expecting, I noticed every baby and every mom to be. I had babies on my brain. Overnight, it seemed like the whole world filled up with moms and kids.
We need to adopt that same consciousness of people around us. When you stop and look, you will see a lot of people who need the Gospel. Your community is filled with people that are hurting. Standing in line at McDonald’s you may not be able to share the Gospel, but you can give a tract and let the person know there is hope in Christ. During organized soulwinning times through your church, you will meet dozens of new people. Look for the opportunity to share the Gospel with them.
Many of those closest to you may need to be saved. Friends and family members could be waiting for you to open a conversation about their eternity. Jesus did so with Nicodemus when the Pharisee came to Him, and by the Holy Spirit, you can too.
Luke 14:23 tells us, “And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.” We need to look for and create ways to share the Gospel. Someone once said, “A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.”
First John 5:14 gives us this promise, “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us.” We can be confident that God delights in answering a prayer for someone’s salvation.
We can ask God for direction. Proverbs 3:6 says, “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (emphasis added). Who should you talk to, and where should you go? God will direct you.
We can ask God for His power. God promised us His power to witness in Acts 1:8: “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” God doesn’t expect us to witness alone—how scary that would be! He promises to be with us and give us wisdom for each step (Matthew 28:20, James 1:5).
BEGIN A RECORD
When a woman begins prenatal care, her doctor makes a record of her pregnancy. He tracks the health of the mother and baby because that child is worth the hassle of keeping careful records.
Every person who expresses any sort of interest in the Gospel is worthy of the same careful attention. Keep a list of the people you meet that need the Gospel. Look at it every day, pray over it, and contact every person each week with a visit, call, or note. Their eternal life is worth the diligence.
OFFER TO BE A PARTNER
It would be terrible to deliver a baby by yourself. God designed soulwinning to be a partnership. Mark 6:7 says, “And he called unto him twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits.”
Going with someone else offers support, encouragement, and accountability. Not only that, but two people who are laboring together for the Lord can develop a special bond. Some of my closest friends have been my soulwinning partners. We pray together, we laugh together, sometimes we weep together, and it is a joy when we see a new believer born together.
Here are a few reminders when you are out soulwinning. First, remember that God is the giver of life. Noah preached 120 years, and only his family came with him into the ark. Your responsibility is to sow the seed; God gives the increase.
Remember that the birth process can take time. It may take several visits over several months or even years for a person to be saved. Pray that the person will be saved during each visit, but be diligent to go back even if he doesn’t make that decision right away.
Don’t forget that you are that new Christian’s spiritual parent! Take responsibility for seeing them baptized and discipled. Be an example to them. Even send them a spiritual birthday card.
When Lydia, a girl in our church who is now in elementary school, was first born, she had a serious liver disorder. Without a liver transplant, she would certainly die. She was eligible for a live donor procedure—taking part of someone else’s liver and replacing her own—but there were several specific requirements. God had a donor waiting though. Lydia’s grandmother perfectly fit every single requirement and gladly endured the procedure to save her grandchild.
Through that incredible event in our church, I was reminded how God gave His Son to die for us. Don’t ever lose the wonder of soulwinning. Every new child in Christ is worth our earnest labor.
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58).