The Wisdom of Witnessing
Proverbs 11:30; Daniel 12:2, 3; James 5:19, 20
"He that winneth souls is wise" (Proverbs 11:30), and isn't it also true that he who does not win souls is foolish? A challenging thought. Population explosions are happening in every kingdom under heaven but not in the kingdom of heaven! Too many Christians just are not reproducing, not winning souls.
The world sees the price of everything but the value of nothing. God says a man's soul is more valuable than the whole world (Mark 8:36-37). Realizing this, a wise person will invest time in winning souls. Men with wisdom and great ambition do not expend their energies on trivialities. David wisely asked Saul, "After whom is the king of Israel come out? After whom dost thou pursue? After a dead dog, after a flea" (1 Sam 24:14)? Imagine going out to chase fleas. Many are in hot pursuit of just about as vain a goal instead of being wise and winning souls.
The vanishing of one's life makes a wise person win souls to Christ. "For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away (Jas. 4:14). Because of the shortness of life, we must not be idle; we dare not be silent. It used to be that time marched on, but not we feel time is running out.
How terrible it would be to see a sculptor's newly finished masterpiece crushed to pieces or a painter's picture burned to ashes. A lot of human effort is going up in smoke one day (1
Corinthians 3:11-14), but each soul won to Christ lives forever. Do you want to see the fruit of your labors in heaven? Then win souls to God's glory.
Nothing is more wonderful than to see humanity lifted out of degradation. Millions of dollars are spent to give man a better living. How tragic that it ends so soon and so abruptly at death. But how wise to win a person to Christ so his whole life is changed here and for eternity.
When Sir Winston Churchill died, for the first time in the history of England, a royal monarch, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, went to the casket and so honored a commoner. One day the King of Kings shall come for us commoners and honor those who have been faithful, saying, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant." Isn't it wise to be faithful to the command to win souls to Christ?