Relentless Soul Winners
“19 My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, 20 remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.” James 5:19-20 NIV
James started this letter by reminding us to rejoice in the face of suffering because that is how God will perfect us. He ends his letter by encouraging us to be persistent soul winners who understand the importance of advancing God’s Kingdom on earth.
The church is about Heaven and Hell. We are not called to be driven by a political agenda. We are not called to be about a certain church brand or denomination. We are not called to make a celebrity of a certain preacher or teacher. We are not called to be about a certain worship style. James reminds his brothers and sisters that we are all about contending for each person around us and making it hard for them to go to Hell.
He closes his letter with two urgent callings of the church.
1 – Be relentless in winning people back to the truth – James 5:19-20
“remember this…” James urges. “Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.” James urges us to remember… because this is easy to forget. It is easy for believers to fall into the mindset of being a part of a church for what I can get out of it. It is easy for us to fall prey into thinking only of ourselves, while forgetting about others who may have strayed or lost their way. James urges us to remember those who still need Jesus. We must not be so wrapped up in ourselves that we forget the importance of seeking out others to help restore to their faith. We must not forget those who have fallen away and need to be won back to Christ. They may have strayed. They may have become disillusioned. They may have become discouraged. They may have just become too busy. James wants us to
2 – Be relentless in winning sinners to repentance – James 5:20
“Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.” James 5:20
James the Apostle closes his letter with a strong reminder that we as the church of Jesus Christ, we remember our calling to make disciples and strive to win people to Christ.
They may be lost. In either case, James reminds the church of her true calling. While we can easily become so consumed with our own trials and problems, James makes sure that we don’t forget the needs of the lost and those who have strayed from the Gospel. He charges the early church (and us today) to bring back their wandering brethren. We should not be lured out of the church by those who have become disenchanted with the bride of Christ. We should be winning them back again! Seek them out. Help them reconcile with their Savior. James knows it’s not easy work… but he ensures us that it is worth it. He reminds us that if we lived our lives as if we really believed that Jesus will return we will live with a wholehearted dedicated to winning the lost and the misplaced.
Do you believe Jesus will return? Do you live as if you really believe it?
In light of the eminent return of Jesus Christ, we have no choice but to be dedicated to witnessing. We have no other option than to tell people about Jesus. If we really believe in the power of the cross and resurrection for the forgiveness of sin, and the imminent return of Christ, we cannot help but to desperately seek out those who need Jesus and contend for opportunities to win them back to faith in Christ. To do any less would be to condemn them to eternal separation from the Savior – eternal damnation.
Spark a new and fresh fire in me to make Jesus known. Renew in me a passion to win people to faith. Restore in me a burden to bring back the disenchanted, win the lost, and to equip the found. In the name above every other name I pray, amen.