So what do you think? Could “Winning Souls” really work like this? If we keep telling people we know, and they tell people that they know, and then they tell people that they know…eventually wouldn’t everyone hold fast to Jesus as Savior? It’s sort of sounds like this is possible.
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NRSV)
But in a way it also sounds like a bit of naive optimism, hopeful romantic thinking that overlooks the role that darkness can play in the lives of some people.
“And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil.” John 3:19 (NRSV)
Perhaps a good start is to see the real person and see from the perspective of their darkness (or better yet, what we perceive as their darkness). In other words, focus on the person rather than “convincing them to give up their pudding cups.” To me, it’s also important to remember that repentance follows (rather than precedes) embracing Jesus.
These things, I believe, require us to depend upon the guidance of Real Life Jesus.
God is quite good at leading us to people who have struggled with the same “pudding cups” that we have struggled with! (Things like alcoholism, drug addiction, negativity, promiscuity, or even faulty belief systems…all of those things that we don’t want to give up!)
We are called to “be My witnesses,” not “pry every last pudding cup” from anyone’s fingers! That is up to, I believe, Real Life Jesus. He decides.