“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise” (Proverbs 11:30).
Gain souls. Right during the day time, before the doors of grace are locked, gain as many souls as possible. The Scripture says, “Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever” (Daniel 12:3).
Why should the souls be gained? It is because the price of one soul is greater than the entire world. Jesus said, “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26).
A man may be very poor and he may be illiterate but the soul within him is too precious. The cost value of a soul is greater than the whole world. You work hard for the whole month and receive a meagre sum as salary. But, what a great blessing it is to work hard and gain a soul!
When you think for a while over the state of the soul which does not know God, you would be inspired to gain souls. After death, the body is taken to the cemetery and buried there. But what happens to the soul? Jesus said, “....rather fear Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28).
Petrol gas is highly inflammable and when a place where it is stored is caught by fire, numerous fire extinguishing personnel may initiate efforts and put off the fire. But the fire in the hell can never be put down. It will be burning eternally. The situation of those who are caught by this eternal fire is pitiable.
When a rich man died without worrying about eternity, he was in torments in hade. “Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame” (Luke 16:24). No one among your dear ones should undergo such experience. However big your enemy may be and however terrible he may be, even then he should never be allowed to experience such torments. You will understand this if you meditate on the cost which Jesus paid as the cost to redeem your soul (Isaiah 53:12).
To meditate: “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” They immediately left their nets and followed Him” (Matthew 4:19, 20).