The Need To See Clearly
Fanny Crosby that great blind songwriter had another noble quality about her and that was a burden for souls. In 1869, she was speaking to a large audience in the New York Bowery Mission. While she was speaking to them she was impressed that some mother's son was present and needed to be rescued or he might be eternally lost. Therefore, she made the plea that if there is a boy present who has wandered from his mother's home to please come to see her after the service.
When the service was over an 18 year old came forward and said, ''Were you talking to me, Miss Crosby? I promised my mother that I would meet her in heaven, but as I am now living, that will be impossible.'' She knelt down, spoke and prayed with the boy, and in a few minutes he stood up with a gleam in his eyes saying, ''Now I am ready to meet my mother in heaven, for I have found God.''
Several months later, Miss Crosby remembering the events of that hot summer night, and the boy's conversion from a life of hopelessness, wrote these immortal words:
Rescue the perishing, care for the dying,
Snatch them in pity from sin and the grave
Weep o'er the erring one, life up the fallen,
Tell them of Jesus, the mighty to save.
Rescue the perishing, duty demands it;
Strength for thy labor the Lord will provide
Back to the narrow way patiently win them
Tell the poor wanderer a Savior has died.
Rescue the perishing, care for the dying;
Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save!''
''The chief duty of Christians is to win souls!'' John Wesley said to his students one day, ''You have only one business, and that is the salvation of souls.'' I cared not how I lived nor what hardships I went through, If I only might gain souls for Christ.'' F. B. Meyer said in one of his speeches ''Gentlemen, reckon your ministry a failure unless souls are won to Christ.''
-In the text before us today, we enter into a study of soul winning by loo ...
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