If you live in the Midwest like we do, summer is already a distant memory. For the next few months, I’ll miss out on the thrill of hunting, fishing, and ah, yes, gardening. Each summer for Father’s Day, our church holds a tomato-growing contest. All the dads in the church are given a tomato plant and challenged to use whatever means necessary to cultivate a ripe tomato. It might not sound like much fun, but most guys will do anything for a $50 Home Depot gift card.

A few weeks after the contest had ended, I picked a ripe, red tomato from my tomato plant. The tomato was so ripe it fell into my hand. I might not be $50 richer, but I knew I had a winner.

Sharing the gospel is a lot like harvesting fruit. We may not always pick the “ripe tomatoes,” but we all have a part to play in the harvest. Each Christian has been called to be a soul-winner. Here are several things we need to keep in mind as we share our faith:

  1. A soul-winner obeys. Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leading. We can be sure that as He leads us to witness, He is also working in the hearts of the lost.
  2. A soul-winner listens. Pay attention when people tell you personal details.
  3. A soul-winner speaks. Take advantage of the opportunity to turn the conversation to spiritual things and present the gospel message.
  4. The soul-winner completes. Bring the person to a decision. I like to tell people, “There is no better time than now to trust Christ.”
  5. The soul-winner continues. Don’t quit after your first conversion (or your first rejection).

There is nothing more exciting than leading another person to Christ. Soul-winning will jumpstart your spiritual life in a way nothing else can. You might not win a $50 gift card for picking a “ripe tomato,” but your eternal reward will be beyond comprehension.

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How is it that the soul being of such value, and God so great, eternity so near, and yet we are so little moved? — William Bramwell

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.