He is the one we proclaim admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ.
As my children got old enough to work outside the home, I remember driving one of my daughters to a local business where she could apply for a job. There, she was presented with a work application for the first time in her life. I waited to see if she would ask for help when filling out the paper, but she was determined to muddle through all the questions on her own to prove her maturity. As I watched, I thought about how mature she really was. She was graceful, beautiful, intelligent, and she seemed much older than she really was.
As I was reflecting, she came to the line titled ‘place of birth’, and I watched as she carefully wrote ‘Riverside Hospital’. I had to cover my mouth to keep from laughing. I then realized, no matter how old she acted or looked, she was still very much an immature child who needed more guidance and training to face the harsh world on her own.
This reminded me of Paul the Apostle; his first and greatest joy was to win people to Christ. In Scripture, He likened new Christians to infants. Like children, they need to be taught how to live their lives in a Christ-like manner. With a father’s heart, Paul saw new converts as his children. He wanted them to grow, mature, and follow in his footsteps–secure in their faith, and out winning souls for the Lord.
Why is winning souls so important? Introducing people to their loving Creator not only seems like simply the right thing to do, but Christ actually commanded us to do so. The last thing Jesus said before He was lifted into heaven was, “Go and make disciples of all nations” (Matt 28:19). A few verses before this, He said, “This Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all Nations, then the end will come” (Matt 24:14). You see, Jesus is not coming back to receive His Bride, the Church, until all Nations have had a chance to hear the Gospel.
That word ‘nations’ is ‘ethnos’, meaning ‘people group’. Did you know that there are over 6,000 people groups in the world, each with their own language and customs? The good news is that the church today has been able to take the Gospel to about half of the nations. The bad news is…. on the flip side, the church has only been able to take the Gospel to about half of the nations.
What am I saying? Simply put, winning souls is wise. It is the catalyst that will bring Jesus back. We should be out winning souls. If we are to win souls effectively, though, we cannot stay infants in Christ. We should be in a constant state of growing mature in Christ.
How do we grow and win souls at the same time?
Prayer unburdens your heart to the Lord and allows the Lord to give you His heart for the lost.
Read the Word daily.
The Bible is where you find the knowledge to win souls and combat the struggles you face in life.
Praise and worship brings you into the throne room of God where you can hear His voice clearly, and He can give you direction.
Stay connected with like-minded, faith-based people around you. Think of church as a gym to train you for your walk with Christ. Church is not only where the saints go to encourage each other, but where maturity begins.