The fruit of the righteous [is] a tree of life; and he that winneth souls [is] wise.
The words here are so simple, yet so weighty. What does it mean for a soul to be won or rescued? Think back to your own salvation, if you are saved. What did it mean to you? The simple answer for me is everything. I know where I will spend eternity. I know that Christ Jesus loved me enough to bear the burden of my sins. To pay the price in His own blood. He, who was sinless, was made to be sin for me. For us.
2 Corinthians 5:21
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
Do you contemplate the depth of that? How much someone would have to love you to hang on a cross in the scorching sun, be given vinegar to drink, felt His organs collapsing inside of Him? At any moment, He could’ve changed His mind and the angels would’ve rescued Him. The only thing holding Him to that cross was His love for us.
Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?
When I think of the people who may not know yet, who haven’t yet understood the glorious gospel message, I am sad. I am fearful that they could take their last breath without first accepting the grace of God, the gift of salvation by faith in Christ Jesus. Yet, at the same time, I am heartened that we are still here and still able to share the message freely (at least here in the United States). We can give someone a Bible. We can tell them where in that Bible to turn in order to find the gospel message for the church age (1 Cor 15:1-4 gives a concise explanation of the gospel). We can show them God’s words and share God’s love. We can write blog posts, we can sing hymns, we can teach Sunday School classes. We are still free to share God’s word with the world. And every little thing we do, our entire combined effort, will be worth it if just one more soul receives Christ.
1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
So when the weariness sets in and you are feeling helpless, when you doubt you will ever reach another person for Christ, remember you are not alone in this. You may be the tiller, you may be the planter, you may be the waterer, but if that one last soul is saved and harvested for Christ, it was worth every ounce of work all along the way. God is faithful, that one soul will be saved, and likely many more after that, so don’t give up the fight. Keep your armor on and your sword sharp.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
(All verse references are taken from the Authorized Version of the Bible, commonly referred to as the King James Version.)
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