The Diligence Strategy
Luke 15:8 -10
_”Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? 9 And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. 10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.”
This is the sixth and very unique strategy in our series. The parable of the lost silver coin teaches us about the high level of diligence required of soul winners in the quest for lost souls. Lighting the candle signifies illumination. You need the light of God to make any meaningful impact in the harvest campaign. This light can be provoked through prayers and the word. The word of God is a light unto our path and a lamp unto our feet. Without the word, you cannot do much in soul winning. Secondly, soul winning requires a diligent search to recover the lost souls. Sweeping signifies a diligent combing exercise. May the souls God has assigned to us not elude us in Jesus name.
Diligence must be our strategic watchword. We must not be casual, lukewarm or lackadaisical when it comes to soul winning. Jesus demands it. The Father’s business demands it. Understand that the Devil is working tirelessly to inflict us with the disease of excusitis. According to our Patriarch, Arcbishop Sam Amaga, excusitis is spiritual and mental condition of giving excuses to justify non performance, poor performance or average performance. Believers are made of excellent spirit materials. Only excellence is good enough for our God, the author of excellent spirit.
It remains to add that there is always a great joy when the lost is found. The woman in the parable called her friends and neighbours to rejoice with her when she found the lost coin. This shall be your portion in Jesus name. It’s time to celebrate the testimonies of souls during the Testimony Time in our Services. Luke 15:10 ends the account with this amazing truth.
“Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.”
Let it be done on earth as it is done in heaven. You can bankroll a consistent “Kingdom Souls Party” in heaven by regularly winning souls. May you be the reason for the next celebration in heaven.
We are on a rescue mission to Africa. Don’t catch fishes and let them swim back into the sea. Bring them to Church for nurturing and growth. See how to plant a new church in an organic manner. Locate a new area where you want to win souls for Jesus. Take just 6 of your missionary friends in church there to pray over the area. Start evangelism in earnest while you continue daily in prayer and in the apostles’ doctrine. Encourage every person to plant just one KDF of 5-7 souls a month in the location. Convey them to Church every Sunday. Start discipleship fellowship at least once a week. In 3 months, you will have between 150 and 200 converts. A new Church is ready to be planted with the right logistics in place.
Bishop Enobong Etteh
Salem Family, Africa.