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Tuesday, September 4, 2018
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"Winning Souls For Eternity"
Message summary: Let us be wise today and seek to win souls.
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"The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise" (Proverbs 11:30). "For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I may win more. To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might win Jews; to those who are under the Law, as under the Law though not being myself under the Law, so that I might win those who are under the Law; to those who are without law, as without law, though not being without the law of God but under the law of Christ, so that I might win those who are without law" (1 Corinthians 9:19-21).
White Oak Design and Display is a company we serve as chaplains that is a "business to business" company. They design and manufacture displays for other businesses that many of you have seen but probably would have given little thought to. In fact that is purposeful since the desired focus is on the product being sold and not the display. If the display is successful you will notice and hopefully buy the product. They design and build displays for many nationally known companies. Their displays can be seen in places like Lowes, Home Depot, Bass Pro Shop, Cabela's, Walmart and many other retailers.
White Oak Design and Display has an interesting marketing phrase expressing their goal, "Winning Customers For Life". I saw it on some of their shirts during a walk-through. The intent of the phrase of course is that their product and service is so good that they keep a customer for life. But when seeing the phrase on the sleeve of a shirt the other day it struck me that this phrase is also a spiritual theme based upon a Bible text from our first daily text, "He who wins souls is wise".
Soul-winning is a phrase we don't hear as often these days, not like years back when I was a young Christian. It is an expression used when we give a witness of our faith and lead someone to faith in Christ. The timeless truth of Proverbs 11:30 remains "He who wins souls is wise". Other versions render it "whoever captures souls is wise" (ESV), "the one who is wise saves lives" (NIV), "he who is wise captures and wins souls [for God—he gathers them for eternity]". (Amplified)
The apostle Paul uses a similar "win" theme in our second passage from 1 Corinthians. His goal was to win more, whether those under the law (Jews) or those without law (Gentiles). Our goal is not customers but souls and the amazing thing about exerting spiritual influence is that we impact not only for this life but for all eternity. That's why our witness, both in words and action, is vitally important. We all have an opportunity to make a difference not only in this life but also in the life to come. Elsewhere Paul wrote, "but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come" (1 Timothy 4:8).
Let us be wise today and seek to win souls.
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, You have called us to be soul-winners for the kingdom of God. There are many ways we influence unbelievers to come to Christ such as telling them the Good News that You gave Your only Son to die for their sins. We also influence them by the fruit of the Spirit that is evident in our lives and in our works. We point others to the Overcoming Christ as we overcome the trials we're dealt in this life. We influence family, friends and co-workers when our human nature rears its ugly head and we seek repentance from You and anyone else who might be hurt by our actions. We show the way to Christ when we live above reproach, when we deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow after You. We will not judge each day by the harvest of souls we reap for Your kingdom but by the seeds that we plant, knowing that others come along and water, fertilize and may even be a part of the future harvest. All we do is for Your glory. Amen.
These birds are enjoying our fountain as they dip in for a vigorous and cold bath.
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"Each One Reach One" Video Babbie Mason
"I Tell Them Jesus" Video Hyssongs
"All In" Video Frye family
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