Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.” (Prov. 11:30).
READ: Proverbs 11:27-30
You can know a wise fellow by his willingness and ability to serve God till his last breath. The hands of the wise remain on the plough till the end. Although many start a race, not all get to the fishing line. Part of wisdom is to endure to the end so that you can see the end of what you started. Our Christian race starts on earth but finishes in Heaven. May you not tire until you see the end of your Christian journey!
“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise” (Prov. 11:30). Another mark of a wise fellow is continuous soul winning. It is good to win souls, but stopping after a few is not wisdom. The wise fellow is the one who never stops winning souls. Some Christians were regularly winning souls when they were not ordained ministers. After they were ordained, they decided they had outgrown soul-winning. How wrong! Why were you anointed if not to make you more effective in soul-winning? Some pastors, particularly senior pastors, cannot recall when last they spoke to and led a sinner to Christ one on one. This is one reason ordinary workers who are committed to evangelism may earn greater rewards in Heaven than some senior pastors. God never planned that attaining an ecclesiastical position will become a hindrance to soul winning. As far as He is concerned, soul winning is for the wise. The week or month you win souls, you are adjudged wise. The week or month you don’t win souls, you are adjudged foolish.
Moreover, there are Christians who won souls in their youth but stopped after they became elders. To such believers, age is a good reason to be unfruitful. But Psalm 92:14 says, “They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing”. It is wisdom to continue to win souls even as you grow older. Naturally, when you become an elder, one thing you will be praying for is to see your grandchildren. An elder who has no grandchild feels he or she has failed as an elder. The quest to see such a bundle of joy makes such elders to force their children into marriage. When the grandchild arrives, the grandparents will be full of joy. Do you know that having converts in your old age brings greater joy and dividends to the soul winner? If you don’t believe it, try it today. Become an incurable soul winner. Ask God for the grace.
Some die fornicating, some die stealing, some die eating, some die sleeping. One great way to die is to die winning souls.
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