I. First, the earthly blessings of the soul winner.
Dr. Rice said, “The Christian who wins souls has special blessings which [others], who do not win souls, never have” (Rice, ibid., p. 275). God has many special blessings for the Christian who works hard to win souls. Yes, the soul winner has many blessings in this life.
Christ promised the soul winner He would be present with him always in a special way. Our text says,
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.. and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:19-20).
This promise of Christ’s presence was given together with His command to win souls. The promise and the command go together. His presence is promised in a special way to those who do this work.
Christ said that He will show His love to the Christian who obeys Him and wins souls. He said,
“He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him”
Remember that soul winning is a command of Christ. Taking up the work of soul winning is obeying a command of Christ. The Christian who obeys his Lord and works hard to win souls will experience the presence and love of Christ in a special way.
Then, also, special joy is promised to the soul winner. When a Christian works to win souls, praying even with tears for souls, he will rejoice when lost sinners are converted to Jesus Christ. The Bible says,
“They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him” (Psalm 126:5-6).
Who will rejoice? When a soul is converted, everyone who had a part in that work will rejoice. Yes, one person plants and another waters, but everyone rejoices! Jesus said, “that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together” (John 4:36). When a lost soul is converted, the Christian who invited him to church rejoices. The Christian who telephoned him and brought him to church rejoices. The Christians who showed him Christian love and friendship rejoice. The pastor who preached the Gospel to him rejoices. “He that soweth and he that reapeth…rejoice together”! There is no greater happiness and rejoicing than to see someone you have spoken to, prayed for, and cared for converted to Christ. The Apostle Paul called the Christians in the church at Philippi,
“My brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown” (Philippians 4:1).
Again, the Apostle Paul wrote to the Christians in the church at Thessalonica,
“For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? For ye are our glory and joy” (I Thessalonians 2:19-20).
What tender words! What happiness! What rejoicing! Yes, there are blessings and joys for the soul winner – blessings and joys in this life, here and now!