The most valuable possessions in the world are souls. Jesus said, “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matt. 16:26) Once we recognize the value of our souls and the value of the souls of others, we will want to do all we can to save souls. “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that wins souls is wise” (Prov 11:30).
Leading souls to Jesus Christ is simple. It takes love for God, love for the souls of others, and love for our own soul. This love will cause us to examine the Scriptures and find the secrets of soul-winning. Notice how Andrew led a soul to Christ. “Again the next day after John stood and two of his disciples,- and looking upon Jesus as he walked, he said, Behold the Lamb of God! And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. . . One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first finds his own brother Simon, and said unto him, We have found the Messiah, which is being interpreted, the Christ. And he brought him to Jesus” (Jn 1:35-42). Andrew led his brother to Christ by his enthusiasm in finding Christ, his joy in discipleship, his determination to find his brother, and his urgency in bringing him to Jesus..
Andrew didn’t wait for his brother to ask about Christ; he went out to find him. Too many are waiting in their offices for sinners to come and find them. Too many churches put an ad in the paper and look for the building to be full. We aren’t selling cars; people generally will not come to us, we must go to them. The personal touch works. You can’t see another’s joy and enthusiasm in mass media advertising. “And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” (Rom. 10:15) Too many Christians expect the preacher to find the lost and too many preachers have limited their teaching to the walls of a building. The Gospel message is a message to be taken to the world (Matt. 28:18-20 f; Mk. 16:15-16). A lot of men would do well to put down the denominational commentaries and take up the sword of the spirit which is the word of God, and seek some sinners.
As Andrew found his brother, he compelled him to come to Jesus. Notice he “brought him to Jesus.” Peter saw the urgency in Andrew’s face and heard the urgency in his voice. We know this because the text shows us that Peter did come to Christ. As we seek that which is lost we need to remember the words of Paul, “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Eph. 5:16). Notice also the admonition of Paul in 2 Corinthians 6:2. “For he said, I have heard you in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I helped you: behold, now is the accepted time, behold now is the day of salvation. ” All need to get busy now teaching others about Jesus Christ.
Like Andrew we will rejoice and those coming to Christ will rejoice as we lead others to Jesus Christ. Are you presently doing your best in leading others to Christ? Have you joyfully told your friends, family members, and fellow workers, what Christ means to you? Have you studied God’s word with them? Remember the power is in the gospel and the daily lives of Christians is often what causes lost souls to look at the Bible which can save their souls (Rom. 1:16 f; Matt. 5:13-16). Start today to lead a soul to Christ!