To the praise of God's glory, special emphasis is being placed once again on the subject of personal evangelism. While Christians are not supposed to lose sight of the general work of the church, it is absolutely essential that every member realize that they are their brother's and sister's keeper, and everyone owes a debt that can only be paid when the necessity of personal salvation is communicated and understood.
Jesus said to the men whom He called away from their nets, "Follow me and I will make you fishers of men." He announced His own mission with those immortal words, "The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that, which is lost"; then he said, "As the Father has sent me, even so I send you." In the book of Proverbs, the Spirit tells us, "He that is wise wins souls." This should be enough to stir the dullest of hearts. Furthermore, we have that marvelous promise in Daniel, "They that are wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever."
This is our mission; everything else is to have a subordinate place. By word, by prayer, and by life, we are to point the lost to the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. This must be a passion whose fire touches every aspect of who we are. I believe the most inspiring literature for the church today, aside from the Bible, is Christian biography. They will thrill the dullest heart and quicken the feeblest pulse to meditate upon the marvels, which God has brought through those faithful men and women that have been willing to count all things as loss, for Him.
There is one overwhelming thing that is impressed upon the reader of Christian biographies and that is the passion their subjects possessed for souls. This was the ambition that propelled Wesley through his devoted life, with its numberless ministries, and selfless acts. It was this that gave birth to the mighty zeal of Whitefield and sent him up and the down the land and across the sea, a flaming torch for Christ. This passion burned in the breast of Rowland Hill. The people of Wotton called him a madman. Oh, how we need madmen for Jesus today.
A passion for souls should be the way of a Christian's life. To win the lost ought to be our meat. We are to have no other business in life. God expects us to make it our business. To neglect this is to fail at the vital point. This kind of passion has swept away fishermen, swallowed up indifference, and push aside strife. It will lift our service to the Lord out of the commonplace. It will cause the machinery of the church to move with power, and in its trail, a great multitude will be saved.