Our soul winning verse from the Word of God today is 2 Corinthians 5:21 which reads: “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.”
Our soul winning quote today is: “If I had one hour with a man, I would spend the first 55 minutes explaining to him that he is lost. Then I would spend the last 5 minutes telling him how to be saved.”
Our soul winning devotional today is part 7 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler’s fine book, “Evangelism Is…: How to Share Jesus with Passion and Confidence.”
Evangelism is helping people become good enough.
Being saved or not being saved is a matter of having the right type of righteousness, the type that makes you good enough for God. God is holy. He is sinless, righteous, and perfect. In order to relate to Him, we need a perfect level of holiness, sinlessness, and moral perfection as well. In other words, we need a pure righteousness.
The answer God is looking for when it comes to getting into heaven is an answer involving righteousness. The issue is, Do you have the righteousness necessary to get into heaven? Is the type of righteousness you have good enough?
The big problem with our own righteousness is that it is not good enough. The Old Testament tells us that compared to the perfect righteousness God expects, our righteousness is like an unclean, filthy rag. That’s not very impressive. When he wrote those words, Isaiah was speaking to a group of religious Jews, but the assessment applies to all of us. Compared to what God expects, our righteousness is at its best ugly, dirty, and stained.
The standard of righteousness needed in order to earn eternal life is perfection. When Paul wrote, “All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God,” the word he used for sin means “to miss the mark.” It came from archery contests where the archers tried to hit the bull’s-eye. The first ring next to the bull’s-eye was called “Sin 1”; the second ring was called “Sin 2,” etc. Paul says that when it comes to the moral, spiritual, perfect righteousness of God we have all missed the bull’s-eye. Maybe you have come close, and you are at Sin 1, or maybe you have totally blown it and are at Sin 101. The point is that we have all missed the bull’s-eye — all of us except Jesus.
Our righteousness is not good enough. It falls short of the necessary perfection. We have all missed the mark. We have all sinned.
1 John 2:1 says: “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”
Notice the last four words: “Jesus Christ the righteous.” The bad news is that we don’t have good enough righteousness. The good news is that Jesus does. He is not only the Son of God but also God the Son. His mother was a virgin. Why? So He could have the humanness of man without the stain of sin. Hebrews 4:15 says: “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”
Notice those last two words: “without sin.” Jesus was no ordinary man. He was the sinless Son of God. Why am I a Christian and not a Mormon, a Buddhist, or a Muslim? The answer is because Jesus was different from Joseph Smith, Buddha, or Mohammed. Jesus never sinned. Jesus attained the required righteousness. He hit the bull’s-eye.