A Passion For Souls by Jesse Hendley

A PASSION FOR SOULS
Jesse M. Hendley
Luke 5:10

In Luke the fifth chapter, verse 10, we have the
record of one of Peter's great crises (he had many, as
you know) when the Lord Jesus said to him, "Fear not;
from henceforth thou shalt catch men."

PETER'S CRISIS

This is not the first time Peter really came in
contact with the Lord Jesus. You remember, he met Him
down in Judea when his own brother brought him to the
Lord (John 1:28, 40-42), but he had gone back to his
fishing nets in Galilee. Peter was saved in Judea, he
loved the Lord, but he was not winning souls. The
Lord came to him and gave him a blessing, and then
Peter said, "Depart from me for I am a sinful man, 0
Lord." I have often wondered why Peter said that. I
believe it was because he realized he had failed the
Lord. He had not seen all that God had wrapped up for
him in the very beginning of his conversion. Jesus
said, "Fear not; from henceforth (from this moment on)
thou shalt catch men." Peter fell on his face and
repented and said, "Lord, I am a sinner." He became a
great soul winner after that. Oh! It is a great time
in any man's life when he confesses he has been
careless about souls, and when Christ says to him,
"From henceforth thou shalt catch men."

GOD WANTS FRUIT

It is important for us to see that if we are going to
win souls to our Lord we must get cleaner and cleaner
and cleaner. The reason that God cannot save any more
souls through my life and yours than He is saving is
that we are not clean enough. That is the teaching of
John 15. When a branch brings forth fruit, He
cleanseth it in order that it may bring forth more
fruit. God is always hunting for fruit in our lives.
Paul wrote to the Romans and said, "I want to go to
Rome that I may have some fruit." And, facing death,
he said in his letter to the Philippians, "For to
me... to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh,
this is the fruit of my labour" (Phil. 1:21,22).
Paul could not imagine his staying down here without
fruit. It is said of John Bunyan that he remarked on
one occasion, "I can stand anything, if I can just
have fruit. If I can see men turning to God, then I am
happy."

Matthew Henry is quoted as saying that if a person
labored for forty years and brought just one soul to
Jesus that person's life has not been wasted. But oh,
beloved, what about these Christians who do not win
any souls?

ASHAMED TO DIE

A boy in Atlanta was dying. He had been saved one
year, and now he was dying of pneumonia. When I went
to see him he was crying. I asked, "What are you
crying about, Fellow? You are saved." He said, "Yes.
I'm saved, preacher, and I'm not afraid to die, but I
am ashamed to die." I said, "What do you mean when
you say you are ashamed to die?" "Well," he said, "I
have been saved a whole year and I haven't won anybody
to Jesus. I am asking God to let me live lon ...


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