There is no work like the work of cooperating with the Holy Spirit in bringing souls to Jesus Christ and watching Him change their lives. I’m not sure who is blessed more—us or them—but one thing I am convinced of is that God knew what He was doing when He ordained that every believer should work actively for the salvation of the lost. There’s no question it makes our own calling and election more sure.
I’ll never forget the look on Cleo’s face when I met her the second night of our series. She was lingering by herself in an obscure corner of the foyer with a dark, unpleasant look on her face that said, “Stay away from me. I don’t like you.” I walked over to her and thanked her so much for coming the meetings. She had received a brochure in the mail. As we talked a little more, I sensed this woman needed to give her heart to Jesus Christ. After training my visitation teams on how to lead a person to Christ, I specifically found the team who would be seeing Cleo and I told them that Cleo needed to give her life to Jesus and to be sure to cover that carefully with her. When Carol Bryan visited her, she did lead her to Christ and it has changed Cleo’s life. The next time I saw her after she had invited Jesus into her heart, the dark, unhappy look was completely gone and now her face radiated with joy and peace.
Later in the series she became convicted to give up her tobacco and caffeine addictions. The Lord has given her marvelous victories over both, and she has been completely free of smoking and all caffeine for over one month now. Best of all, Cleo was baptized on October 23rd, and she’s getting involved in ministry already, saying she wants to know how to share her faith with others. Watching Cleo respond to the Holy Spirit’s work in her life and watching her grow by leaps and bounds is absolutely one of the most rewarding experiences our congregation is having right now. There is no joy like it. I want to repeat—there is no work like the work of cooperating with the Holy Spirit in bringing souls to Jesus Christ and watching Him change their lives.