Excerpt from: LIFE’S MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION
By: C. William Fisher
Soul winning is life’s supreme endeavor because it demands divine assistance. There is no one intelligent enough, or educated enough, or cultured enough, or forceful enough to win a lost soul to Christ. There is no one who through sheer ability alone can really win a lost soul. It takes God’s help to do that!
Jesus said that if we would follow Him He would “make” us “fishers of men.” In other words, no one, regardless of ability or talent or intellect, is sufficient to win souls. Christ must “make” us soul winners. Again, Jesus said, “I will make you to become fishers of men,” implying that no one without God’s help and power is a ready-made soul winner. That very fact should be an encouragement to those who say, “I am not talented enough to win souls.” Exactly! No one is! Christ must “make” us soul winners!
There are those, of course, who feel that they are sufficient in themselves. They feel that they are educated enough or talented enough to win souls. Education may help. But no one can become a soul winner merely by reading a book on soul winning. One must not only have the “know-how”; one must also have the “wherewithal,” and only God can supply that!
T. DeWitt Talmage said: “I never knew a man to be saved by a brilliant argument. You cannot hook men into the kingdom of God by the horns of a dilemma. There is no grace in syllogisms.” Education in itself is not the equipment for soul winning. Technical know-how does not make one a soul winner. Smooth, facile speech is not the real requirement. Even the desire to win souls does not equip one to be a soul winner. The one essential and indispensable equipment of the soul winner is the Holy Spirit.
The apostles, of course, were weak and inadequate men. But Jesus told them that they would receive power when the Holy Spirit was poured out upon them and then they would be witnesses and soul winners. It took the filling with the Holy Spirit to make the apostles soul winners, and it will take that for us to be soul winners! It takes human personality plus God to win souls!