Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 which reads: “For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.”
Our soul winning quote today is from Amy Carmichael: She said, “We have all eternity to celebrate the victories but only a few hours before sunset to win them.”
Our soul winning devotional is part 21 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.
Evangelism is not following the example of the disciples.
In our previous broadcast we looked at the third and fourth reasons why we should not follow the evangelism example of the disciples. Today we will look at the fifth and sixth reasons.
5. The disciples failed to understand the role they could play in the harvest. Jesus, the Master Teacher and Mentor, used this incident as an opportunity to teach His followers some key truths about spiritual farming. Jesus was able to begin reaping a harvest among the Samaritans because they were a prepared field. They already had an understanding of God and an appreciation for His Word. They simply needed someone to connect them with the Savior.
In order for a spiritual harvest ever to be reaped, someone must first plow (primarily through prayer) and plant (the gospel seed). A paraphrase of John 4:36-38 could be, “Some of you will harvest where you have not plowed or planted; others will plow and plant without directly experiencing the harvest. In either case, someone has to plow and plant for the harvest to come!”
In short, spiritual farming is the responsibility of all of us. Every believer is called to be a good farmer who faithfully seeks to plow through prayer and to plant the gospel seed. Then God will honor the efforts and grant a harvest. The only way to kill the harvest is to forsake the plowing and planting!
6. The disciples did not see how big the harvest could be. John 4:39-42 reads: “And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did. So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days. And many more believed because of his own word; And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.”
We especially love two words in these verses: “many” and “many more.” Jesus shared with one woman, yet “many of the Samaritans…believed.” After staying with them for two more days, “many more believed.” They grasped salvation and eventually claimed it as their own. This is the principle of natural multiplication. One convert led to a citywide revival.
This should always be the natural progression of salvation. It begins by way of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of men and women who are redeemed. However, it must never stop multiplying. In fact, consider that many biblical scholars believe that the Samaritan revival initiated through Philip in Acts 8 was simply a natural progression that began with the occurrence in John 4
In our next broadcast, we will look at the conclusion of why we should not follow the evangelism example of the disciples.