Harvesters of Souls!

Jesus Christ has commissioned every believer to go and make disciples (Mark 16:15). But this means we need to share Jesus Christ with people first! God wants to use every willing disciple in the entire church, which is His body, not just evangelists. So we must be willing to say, “Lord send me.” God is looking for harvesters of souls. People who are hungry and open to do whatever God wants them to do. People who are saying, “Lord, let me share your love with others” and ask the Holy Spirit to lead them.

The gospel of the kingdom of God is good news! So we must show the world our love, joy, peace, and unity as believers in Christ (John 13:35). How we live our lives, treat each other, and other people are the first things people in our sphere of influence will see, and then we can share our testimony and who Jesus Christ is. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy (Revelation 19:10). If He did it for me, He could do it for you. So we don’t have to have a perfect life but reveal Christ in us and share how we got to the victory, He has given us.

We must have a love for the lost, even as Jesus did (Matthew 9:36). Jesus will be returning to receive all those who belong to Him to live forever with Him and judge those who don’t know Him (Acts 1:11; 1Thessalonians 4:16-17; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Matthew 24:26-27, 36; 25:31-46; Revelation 1:7). We shouldn’t want to see people without Christ go to hell. Jesus gave His life for us and said He is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:8-10).

“This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” John 15:12 – 13

But how can they hear unless someone tells them about God’s love and Jesus the Savior? When Jesus walked on the earth, He shared who He was and sent out His disciples to proclaim the good news of the kingdom and salvation through Jesus Christ (Matthew 4:23; Luke 4:18-19, 10:1; John 3:16). He has also commissioned us to go (Mark 16:15-16). God is again pouring out His Spirit to draw humankind to Jesus and send revival in conjunction with end-time events (Acts 2:17-21).

God the Father draws men to Jesus through the Holy Spirit, who convicts the world concerning sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 6:44; John 16:8). So we must partner with God, who sends out laborers to the correct harvest fields to reap the ripe souls.

We must follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and His promptings to share Christ with others. We are not to be ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ because it is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians 4:20). He will even give us the words to say (Exodus 4:12). So we don’t need to be fearful but share what the Lord puts on our hearts with those He directs us to (Matthew 10:26-28; 2 Timothy 1:7).

But what does it say?” The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart, one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:8 – 10

Salvation involves recognizing that we have sinned against God and our need to repent and ask Him for His forgiveness. He made way for them to receive forgiveness through the shed blood of Jesus by His death on the cross (Hebrews 9:15-22). Christ was raised from the dead, ascended into heaven, and is alive seated at the Father’s right hand as our High Priest (Romans 8:34; 1 Peter 3:22).

We might start our conversation by sharing about God’s love and goodness and what Jesus has done for us. Then, we can share who He is as our Savior, Healer, Deliverer, Provider, Protector, etc. Finally, we can ask the person we are sharing with if they would like to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. But don’t get discouraged if they say no (Mark 4:1-20). Remember, we may plant or water, but God gives the increase (1 Corinthians 3:6-8; Luke 4:26-29).

I use the following prayer or variation to lead someone to receive Jesus as their Savior. Christ will save them if they pray these or similar words in faith. But they can also use their own words and be as simple as, “Jesus forgive and save me!” God sees their heart!

Heavenly Father,

Your Word says that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Therefore, I ask You to forgive me for my sins. I repent of my sins, turn from them and turn to You. I am calling on You and ask Jesus to come into my heart and be Lord over my life. I believe that Jesus died on the cross and shed His blood for me. I believe in my heart that You raised Him from the dead, and He is alive today. Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me the Holy Spirit to live inside of me. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and Your healing power in my life. I now belong to You. Help me to live for You and obey You all the days of my life.

In the name of Jesus, Amen.

We are not called to make converts but to make disciples. So we must tell them how to follow up on their new relationship with Jesus. If they are someone that you know or live in your area, you can invite them to your church. I have a document that you can refer to for suggestions on follow-up at:

https://alexiscarucci.com/welcome-to-gods-family/

The time is short before Christ returns (1 Peter 4:7; Revelation 22:12, 20). The book of Revelation talks about two sickles thrust into the earth at the end of time. The first sickle brings in the earth’s ripe fields of spiritual harvest, and the second sickle is of global judgment (Revelation 14:15 – 20). Do you have a broken heart as God does for the lost and a passion for the harvest?

There are things that we can do to prepare to share Christ with others. Spending time daily with the Lord in prayer, worship, and meditating on His Word draws us close so we can hear His voice and follow His leading.

We can pray for the lost, those He puts on our hearts that need Christ. We can ask the Lord to give us His heart and love for others as well as to remove the blindness from their minds because Satan has blinded them to the truth of the gospel (2 Corinthians 4:4). We can intercede and ask that God will bring other laborers into their field to share the love of God with them and their need for a Savior (Luke 10:2).

Not all Christians are called to be missionaries or evangelists. But every Christian is called to do the work of an evangelist, be a witness for Jesus Christ and make disciples of the nations (2 Timothy 4:2-4; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21). The baptism with the Holy Spirit gives us the power to be witnesses (Acts 1:8). We are called to the marketplace and into the streets to introduce God’s presence and power into every part of society and wherever we have influence. We must be good stewards of what God has called us to do until the Lord returns (Luke 12:42-46). You are an essential part of God’s plan for these times as a harvester of souls!

“Behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “When the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him who sows seeds; the mountains shall drip with sweet wine, and all the hills shall flow with it.” Amos 9:13

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise. Proverbs 11:30

And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who brings glad tidings of good things!” Romans 10:15

He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! Revelation 22:20

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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