Witnessing for Jesus
Witnessing for Jesus
The woman who navigates her lifeship well is soul-conscious. The Captain says, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise” (Prov. 11:30). She cares about souls and seeks to win them to Christ.
As she seeks to guide her ship away from the shoals, she endeavors to help others avoid the coral reefs. This wise sailor steers away from the pirates and warns others.
Ungodly sailors go astray. Like lost sheep, they cannot find the way by themselves. When they run across your paths, you have an opportunity. Tell them of Jesus. Some may scoff, but one or two may come to the Saviour.
When we sow the seeds of righteousness upon life’s seas, we will reap a reward. This gives us an opportunity to help troubled souls. Some find comfort. Others find a Guide. The gracious God gives us a part in winning souls to Him.
Empowered by the Holy Spirit, our words minister spiritual health to dying souls. Tell them how you came to Christ. Mark salvation verses in your Logbook. Memorize them. Use them as you speak to women of Jesus. The Word of God has power to convict and cause lost sailors to receive your Saviour. It gives them hope of Heaven.
Many times these lost sailors encounter rough seas.
As a lost sailor, the waves nearly crashed over my head. This happened towards the end of my junior year in college. My health started to break. For two nights I stayed awake because of the Spanish exam. My boyfriend’s letters became serious, “Will you marry me?”
About eight years previously, I had heard the gospel. Jeanne taught me in Daily Vacation Bible School and I believed the facts. Because of this, I thought I was a Christian. However, the Lord Jesus had not come into my heart.
Before this time, I had deep questions as a child. “Who is Jesus? Is He God or is He man?”
The summer before my senior year, the Captain brought me to the end of myself. I had nowhere to look, but up. At this time, the Holy Spirit spoke to me. “Repent, repent. Christ died for your sins. He arose that you might live. Repent, repent, repent.” I heard no audible voice, but the words were as plain as if He shouted at me.
I knelt by my bed. In my heart I repented of my sin and trusted Christ as my Saviour. Peace like a river flooded my heart. My problems did not magically disappear. The Lord took care of my health problems. I passed my Spanish exam, but not with an “A”. I wrote a hard letter to my boyfriend. Many years later I met my husband. Now, a widow, I pray, the Lord, gives me power to win souls.
Excerpt from Lynn’s book, Our Lifeship: Studies in Proverbs for Women, © 2008, Lynn Wallace. See her bio, excerpts from her book, and speaking at www.writingfrommyheart.com.
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