Winning the Lost for Christ

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20 NIV

The United States of America is a unique country in many ways. It is one of the fewest countries with such a diversity of ethnicities and people with diverse religious affiliation. American Christians do not have to travel the world to witness to the world. Indeed, God has brought people from all nations, races, and languages to America so they can hear the gospel. Now more than ever, Christians have an opportunity to make disciples of all nations without having to travel abroad.

Every follower of Jesus Christ is an evangelist. The word evangelist is defined as a proclaimer of good news. All believers must proclaim the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ. Jesus taught us to proclaim release to the captives, sight to the blind, healing for the sick, hope for the hopeless, and forgiveness to all sinners.

Evangelism is an excellent opportunity to let non-believers see the joy of the Lord in our hearts. Authentic Christians evangelize at work, at their family reunion, at the company’s picnic, at the movie theater, at the gym, and everywhere they go. We embody the good news that is proclaimed in the gospel. In whatever we do, we work with all our heart, as working for the Lord (Colossians 3:23).

People come to Christians for prayer and counsel because they know we are ambassadors of hope, and reflectors of godly joy. Every encounter with an unbeliever is an evangelism opportunity. We don’t have to necessarily tell people they have to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. We have to show them what it means to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

We sometimes get too caught up in the dire statistics about the state of Christianity around the world and assume that we are losing the battle against paganism, hedonism, and Satanism. To the contrary, we are winning. More and more people are accepting Jesus Christ every day. By 2050, there will be 2.9 Billion Christians around the world. Yet at the same time, there will be 2.8 Billion Muslims around the world. That means we still have a lot of work to do. But that doesn’t mean we are losing.

 We have been commissioned by our Lord to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). We meet people from all nations at the supermarket or the Malls or gas stations or our local parks. These people need for us to make their salvation our priority. We can’t give in to the idea that people don’t want to be inconvenienced with our evangelism.

It is never an inconvenience to tell non-believers that Jesus loves them. Some of these people have never been told they are loved. Many of them have been oppressed, abused, neglected and dehumanized. By sharing the gospel with them we affirm their humanity, we remind them they were created with dignity and that God loves them. That is good news.

Don’t give up on friends and loved ones that have not accepted Jesus Christ or embraced the Christian lifestyle. Winning the world for Christ begins in our own homes and among our extended family members. We have to be patient and prayerful so that we can rescue them from the kingdom of darkness and bring them into the kingdom of God.

If Jesus Christ thought so much of sinners that he sacrificed his life for us all, who are we to give up on any sinner? We have to stop condemning people for their sinful practices and invest more time to help them have an encounter with Jesus so they can be saved. The word “winning” implies a competition. Indeed, we are competing against powers and principalities for the soul of every non-believer. This is a competition we cannot lose. Therefore, we have to pray without ceasing for the lost and be committed to doing whatever necessary to win them over for Christ. That is our mandate as disciples of Jesus Christ.

Prayer, Blessed Lord, I pray for the salvation of all who have yet to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Shine your light of glory in their hearts so they can have an encounter with you through Jesus Christ our Lord.  

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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