Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is Matthew 7:7 which reads: “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”
Our soul winning quote today is from C. E. Autrey. He said: “If a pastor fails to invite his listeners to accept Christ, he is departing from the practice of the New Testament church.”
Our soul winning devotional is part 89 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.
Evangelism Is…Asking for a Response (Part 1)
Disciples Are to Catch Fish
A pastor went on a fishing trip every spring with a professional fisherman. The professional fisherman obviously loved Christ and was not shy about boldly proclaiming his faith, as he put it, “with everyone who sat in his boat.”
After two days of listening to exciting stories about his obvious evangelistic prowess, the pastor chimed in and made a simple observation. He said, “I am encouraged to hear about all the people who have heard the message of Christ while sitting in your boat; however, you have yet to mention if any of the people ever repented and surrendered their lives to follow Christ.” Then the pastor asked, “What kind of professional fisherman would you be if you refused to cast your line and bait into the water; after all, is not the purpose of fishing eventually to catch fish?!”
The professional fisherman responded by stating, “What do you mean? I am, after all, being obedient by sharing my faith with unsaved people.”
The pastor replied, “Yes, that is true, but like fishing, you cannot just show up at the lake and expect the fish to jump into the boat. Evangelism is more than merely sharing information and telling inspirational stories. Through the leadership of the Holy Spirit, it is also being intentional about inviting people to follow Christ!”
The pastor’s words cut deep into the heart of the professional fisherman. He responded by promising the pastor that he would have a different testimony when they met again the next spring. The professional fisherman kept a journal of all the people he took on his boat over the next year. By asking for a genuine response to the gospel, the fisherman led more than 200 people to Christ in a single year!