The Lord God has given Me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to hear as the learned.
— Isaiah 50:4, NKJV
The secret of winning souls can be learned only from the Great Teacher. As the dew and the still showers fall gently on the withering plant, so our words are to fall gently and lovingly on the souls we are seeking to win. We are not to wait till opportunities come to us; we are to seek for them, keeping the heart uplifted in prayer, that God may help us to speak the right word at the right time. When an opportunity presents itself, let no excuse lead you to neglect it; for its improvement may mean the salvation of a soul from death.
As laborers together with God, we need to draw nigh unto Him, that we may have the divine touch. We need to drink deeply and continuously at the fountain of living water, that we may have power to persuade those who are athirst to “take of the water of life freely.”
There are many ways of working for Christ. Human hands may never have been laid on you in ordination, but God can give you fitness for His service. He can work through you to the saving of souls. If, having learned in the school of Christ, you are meek and lowly in heart, He will give you words to speak for Him. Ask, and receive the Holy Spirit. But remember that the Spirit is given only to those who are consecrated, who deny self, lifting the cross and following their Lord.
Individual, constant, united efforts will bring the reward of success. Those who desire to do a great deal of good in our world, must be willing to do it in God’s way, by doing little things.
Steady progress in a good work, the frequent repetition of one kind of faithful service, is of more value in God’s sight than the doing of some great work... Those who are true and faithful to their divinely-appointed duties are not fitful, but steadfast in purpose, pressing their way through evil, as well as good, reports.
Men and women are needed who are as true to duty as the needle to the pole,—men and women who will work without having their way smoothed, and every obstacle removed.
— Bible Training School, March 1, 1912
Let your words fall gently and lovingly on souls you are seeking to win. Keep the heart uplifted in prayer that God may help you to speak the right word at the right time.
Drink deeply and continuously at the fountain of living water that you may have power to persuade those who are athirst to “take of the water of life freely.”
With a gentle and humble heart learn in the school of Christ. Ask and receive the Holy Spirit.
Desire to do a great deal of good in our world, be willing to do it in God’s way by doing little things.