Soulwinning is very important to God. That, in itself, can never go wrong. But what is the state of your heart when you go out soulwinning? What is your motivation? Is it reward, glory, crowns, or is soulwinning a means to make yourself feel better? Win contests perhaps? The number of souls you have led to God will not even count as yours because you did not do any of the saving. You are simply an instrument used by God for His purpose. That is the privilege. That is the honor. Sadly, we often make something more out of it other than what it is.
As an instrument, one cannot have any claim to any kind, or degree, of success. It is very pompous for a Christian to say that he has given God his all and has run out of purpose for having been such a “faithful” servant. That is about the brightest red flag EVER.
Yet, we often lay claim to success as if we deserve its reward and glory. A scalpel does not receive praise as the surgeon who cuts meticulously with it. A piano does not receive praise as the pianist who plays concertos it. A hammer does not receive praise as the carpenter who builds infrastructure with it. A brush does not receive praise as the artist who paints masterpieces with it. Clay does not receive praise as the potter who forms perfection with it. No instrument can ever serve its purpose without the hand of its master. God says in Jeremiah 51:20, “Thou are my battle axe and weapons of war…” Christians are His to do as He intends for His Name’s sake, and because He is who He says He is.
That is the very same picture as a Christian who can never serve his purpose without the hand of his Master. The Bible does say that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens. Blessings and rewards are things that we cannot claim as rightfully ours. They are His to give. There is no such thing as blackmail when it comes to these things. That is why I believe that what one does matters not so much as the motivation behind it.
The story of Cain and Abel speaks of two young men -brothers- who gave offerings unto God (Genesis 4:1-10). Did both serve God? They surely did. Did both give all they had to please God? They surely did. Did both give offerings unto God? Yes, they did. Outwardly, they both showed obeisance to the Almighty.
However, did God accept both offerings? The answer is no. This eventually led to the murder of Abel at the hand of his brother Cain. The point is that God had a reason for accepting one offering while rejecting the other. Surely, Cain must have worked hard to be able to bring God gifts. That was the most likely reason behind his anger against God, but could only direct at his brother. But why did God not accept Cain’s willing offering?
Genesis 4:7 KJV “If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door…”
Cain did not have inward humility and sincerity to back his outward offering to God. Point in fact is his very strong and negative reaction to the event. A true offering that is rejected breaks the heart of the giver. He questions himself, and he wallows in self-pity; not that God would turn away a true offering in the first place. A rejection to a supposedly true offering will give rise to anger by the one who offers –hence, Cain.
The point is, everything that a person is able to do for the Lord is due to God’s own omnipotence and grace. It never is because of the person himself. Sadly, we often let our service get into our heads. No one is immune because every one has innate pride. Glory is something one easily desires, as well. Every person requires validation – one that is the responsibility of parents everywhere; and because of their failure, this validation is sought for in other sources. Things could only get worse.
When does it stop? Salvation in Jesus Christ? Truthfully, no. That life-changing event simply marks the beginning of a real warfare against our enemies: the now old flesh, the Devil, and the world. That war is waged endlessly; and if any of these enemies are ignored, they taint whatever it is that you do for the Almighty God.
So, who takes the glory? Who actually owns it? Who deserves it? The Master or the tool?
Isaiah 10:15 KJV “Shall the axe boast itself against him that heweth therewith? or shall the saw magnify itself against him that shaketh it? as if the rod should shake itself against them that lift it up, or as if the staff should lift up itself, as if it were no wood.”
Pride. Arrogance. Haughtiness.
You know what else pride causes you to do?
Romans 9:20-21 KJV “ Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it , Why hast thou made me thus?  Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?”
It makes you question the All-Knowing Lord of creation; He who holds all wisdom. He who owns all knowledge. It makes you call Him incompetent and unwise. It makes you elevate yourself over Him, and His glory. It makes you better than God; well, in your head that is. It makes you believe that you can do so much better than Him.
Does that not sound familiar?
Isaiah 14:12-14 KJV “ How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”
Whatever happened to Satan after his motives? And to think that he is even more powerful than us humans. It begs the question: whatever happens to Christians who serve God with wrong motives?
A true Christian will have his service tested through fire at the Judgment Seat of Christ.
1 Corinthians 3:13-15 KJV “ Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.  If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.  If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”
What happens to those who did not acknowledge and invite Christ to be their own personal Lord and Savior?
Revelations 20:11-15 “ And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.  And whosoever was not found in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
A person first needs reconciliation with God through Jesus Christ before his service even becomes a factor in his life’s purpose. If you remain God’s enemy for your stubbornness and pride, then whatever “good” it is that you do will count as nothing by default.
The Bible points out two masters: God and mammon; but life has shown us another master in competition with God –ourselves. It is a battle for glory between God and Man. It is a battle between Abel and Cain –between truth within and showmanship without. It is a choice between being a God-pleaser or men-pleaser.
This is in no way intended to justify Christians who do not go beyond Sunday morning service for the Lord. They are, in themselves, failing God a different way. They have Christ in them, but they still struggle with coming to grips with the fact that He is already their only reality.
Going back, there is an obvious tell for Christians, who are actively serving the Lord in Church, if their service to God is for Him and not for themselves. It directly involves those Christians who are not as active, or even absent, from any ministry or service. A proud Christian is one who looks down on others who do not do what he or she does for the Lord. A proud Christian is one who condemns them, makes fun of them, and waves away their supposed Christianity. Why not pray for them sincerely instead? Why not become a friend instead? Is not that one of the many messages and commands of Christ? To love thy neighbor, the one who needs you? Why take on a arrogant stance and assert your expected rewards from God over those who “will not” receive anything? Or worse, why ignore them completely?
Romans 14:10 KJV “But why dost thou judge thy brother? Or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.”
Do not serve God in order to be right with Him. It does not work that way. Get right with
od, and thus be able to serve Him truthfully. God will only accept true service done for Him. Serving God goes beyond soulwinning and involvement in Church ministries. If those are the only things that you consider as true service, your Christianity is shallow. Your Christianity’s goal is the limelight. It is called the Christian Life, after all. There are too many factors that affect how you serve the Lord. Ignore one, you destroy the rest. You live a pretentious life –a pretentious service- to an All-Knowing God. The Christian Life is not limited to what you do as a Christian, but how you live that life in every single aspect that we so easily ignore for personal glory’s sake. Nothing else is more disgusting.
And with that said, I submit the Word of God to have the last say:
Colossians 3:17, 23 KJV “ And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.  And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.”