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By   •   March 31, 2005

Q:

How many people have you saved over the many years of your ministry? I know you and your colleagues have done a lot of good, and I suspect you've saved more people during your lifetime than any other evangelist.


A:

I’m thankful for your interest in our work—but the truth is, neither I nor my associates have ever saved even one person during our evangelistic ministry.

Why do I say this? The reason is because only God can save someone and bring them from spiritual darkness into light. All we can do is point them to Christ and then trust the Holy Spirit to bring them to faith. I often think of what the apostle Paul said concerning the work he and one of his fellow missionaries had done: “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow” (1 Corinthians 3:6). Only God can save someone—and only He should get the glory.

At the same time, God has given every Christian the privilege—and the responsibility—of telling others about Christ. No, we aren’t all called to be preachers—but we are all called to be witnesses to Christ’s life-changing power. Jesus’ final words to His followers underline this: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses … to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).

Are you praying for those around you who don’t know Christ, and are living lives of confusion and hopelessness as a result? And are you seeking to share Christ with them, both by your words and your life? Jesus said, “You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14). What kind of light are you?

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