“…let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.”
This passage holds stirring, provoking even startling words. Are there souls in danger of death? Absolutely, there are; all about us. Every soul that has erred and strayed from the truth is in the way of death and unless converted, turned back to the truth, accepting of such, will perish forever. The darkness eternal and eternal death will soon close in upon him. But, if we arise and stand, by the strength of the Holy Spirit; that power within us, that power that is God given and sustained by faith in His Name, those souls can be shone the error of their ways and we will have saved a soul from death. One soul saved for eternity is worth a million lives saved for ten, fifteen, twenty, or even fifty years. And how much more fearful is that from which the soul is saved. When the soul finally dies there is no hope beyond.
So the question may arise, who can save a soul? And the answer is, every one of us. It is, of course God in the last analysis who converts sinners and saves souls. But the text makes it very plain that He does this glorious work through us. There are some who would sit down and wait until God saw fit to convert the sinner.
Matthew 9:37-38 says,
“Then He said to His disciples,” The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
If we were to have this sitting and waiting frame of mind, the farmer might as well sit down and wait until God saw fit to give a harvest. The number of unsaved men on the earth today who will be saved depends entirely upon the faithfulness of those who are already saved.
How can we convert sinners? First we must pray. Prayer is the most powerful weapon we have to bring a sinner to salvation.
1 John 5:16 says,
” If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death. There is sin leading to death. I do not say that he should pray about that.”
Besides prayer there is much work to be done for the salvation of a sinner. It is a simple thing to as a sinner to attend a church service with you. Many times you will get rejected, but if you are softly persistent you may find that one time you will be successful and they will attend with you. Be prayerful about it. We can convert a sinner from the error of their way and so save their soul by giving them the Word of God in the power of the Spirit when the time is ripe. You may not be able to preach, but you can do a personal work and the Holy Spirit will open an opportunity for you when the time is right. Look for an open door and don’t be forceful.
One of the most powerful ways to convert a sinner from the error of his ways is by the power of your own testimony.
Revelation 12:11 says,
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.”
Some of the most beautiful words, some of the most heartfelt soul touching sounds that someone might ever hear could be the testimony of how Jesus changed your life. Always be ready to share your testimony and be unashamed of where God has brought you from, it has made you who you are now, the person this sinner is looking up to at this very minute.
These are but some of the ways to wade into the abyss of this world and lay hold of the wandering and lost souls seeking refuge from the surety of eternal death. There may be others, but these are enough to get started. Now, begin believer. Begin today, and don’t stop…our King has sent us forth.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen