Now I have a reason.

“People are not as passionate about soul winning as they used to” said the Sunday school coordinator.

Then she asked, “What do you think is responsible for that?” I didn’t say a word. The truth was that I couldn’t remember the last time I made an attempt to tell someone about Jesus on a one-on-one basis.
Somewhere at the back of my head, I believe I must know why I was in that state but I’d not sat down to give it a thought. Thankfully, there were about ten other people in the class and some of them volunteered to answer. Someone said it was because a lot of pastors no longer preach messages of
repentance and salvation; rather they concentrate on talking about prosperity. Someone else said it was
because Christians are no longer prayerful. When they pray, all they talk to God about is their long list
of needs . Someone else disagreed with the idea that the fire of soul winning has died in the church. As far as he was concerned a lot of evangelical work has been done in the past and today everybody has heard about Jesus in the big cities and the remotest villages. Many people disagreed with him and the coordinator threw her weight behind them.
“There are so many villages in Nigeria where people have never heard of Jesus” she said. She must be right but the truth is that It would seem unlikely though, if you live in Lagos, Nigeria’s busiest city, where billboards campaigning for church worship service compete favorably with those advertising beverages
or beauty products.
Hours after service was over, I couldn’t stop thinking about why I wasn’t an effective soul winner.
Quietly, the answer came; I was one of those who feel uncomfortable about telling someone of another faith to embrace theirs. In other words I had a mental approach to soul winning. I tell myself I would feel offended if anyone with different a belief walked up to me and tried to convert me. I see myself politely telling the person off. And so in my mind, I see them do the same to me.
The book of 2 Thessalonians was one of the study books during that Sunday school class. Verses 8 and 9 of the second chapter jerked me up from obviously a state of slumber. It reads:
“In flaming fire, taking vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his power.”

The message was clear; people are going to lose their lives because they don’t know God and because they don’t believe that Jesus is the savior of the world. And so I ask myself, if I don’t tell them, how will they know? If they don’t know, how will they be saved?

Dear FOJ,

We may never have control over who believes or who doesn’t, but we can, as required by God, tell others boldly about Jesus. We should tell them because we love them and do not want them to be condemned at the return of Christ. Some will feel offended as I imagined, but from a knowledgeable position, I now understand that it’s work that must be done and the motive is love.

Yours truly,