Summary: There are those who may go about to convert lost souls....but not with the proper motive that God wants us to be moved by.
I think that we all have done some things with the wrong
motives in our hearts.
A. When we were little, we didn’t misbehave if we
at all thought that there might be a reward coming.
1. We were actually phonies...we weren’t
being good because we loved and honored
a. We were only good for what we could get
out of them.
** Lets not look too pious and innocent......we all did it at
one time or other.
Some parents even slipped into a dangerous trap by
rewarding their children for being good.
A. Children should be good......because they should
be good.........NOT for any kind of reward.
1. Rewards should not regularly be attached to
a. If we let this happen, our children will
need to be bribed into proper behavior.
1.) If we don’t have a bribe....we may
have a ball of trouble on ourhands.
Children are not the only ones who do things with
A. Adults can be just as bad, Even in the Church, we
see many things done from improper motives.
A. Many try to win over the lost for some
of the wrong reasons.
I. It’s a “numbers game” to some.
Matt. 22:10-14 - 10“So those servants went out into the
highways and gathered together all whom they found, both
bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests.
11“But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a
man there who did not have on a wedding garment. 12“So
he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without
a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. 13“Then the
king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take
him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be
weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14“For many are called,
but few are chosen.”
** We must understand that not all will choose to put on
“robes of righteousness”.
1. This is even more true as we, daily approach the
the “days of Noah” that Christ promised would
happen just before He comes back (Matt. 24:37).
A. We aren’t a success if we don’t reach some
arbitrary number of bodies in the pews.
1. This motivation will allow for a lot of
“adjustments” to achieve the number goal.
a. The worst thing that can happen to
someone who has this mindset is to have
someone physically leave the Church.
1.) It may not even matter that they
spiritually “bailed out” long ago.
a.) This concern isn’t especially
a concern for a soul that is
now headed to ultimate
b.) The concern for this person
does not extend to finding
out what is wrong......long
before this person decides to
** The important thing for this individual is that the
numbers went down.
1. What this individual wants.........more than
anything else........is BIG NUMBERS!
II. Then there are those who work very hard at winning
those who are of the world........because they view them
as a challenge.
A. There is a certain amount of pride involved in this
view of conversion.
1. It may not be perceived by those who don’t
understand.......this person wants to be
applauded for being able to convert a really
a. A drunk.
b. A prostitute.
c. A person with a mean streak.
d. An atheist.
** Don’t get me wrong......it’s great that this happens and
it will still be effective for the person coming to Christ..
but it might also be the undoing of the proudful person
who is only in it for the challenge.
III. I am convinced that some people only work at winning
souls, because others are.......a form of envy and
Phil. 1:15-16 - 15Some indeed preach Christ even from
envy and strife, and some also from good will: 16The
former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely,
supposing to add affliction to my chains.
A. There is always the danger of peer-pressure being
the motivation for work in the Kingdom.
1. Again, the results of the work may be very
good and quite positive, but the heart of the
person doing the work may be sick and even
nigh unto death.
a. God can and will use anyone to further
the gospel.......he even used a donkey, in
the Old Testament to correct a man......
but let me say that it was not to the
donkey’s credit......it was credited to the
one receiving the instruction.
** Nobody should be preaching, teaching, or going out of
their way to win lost souls because they feel that they
are in some kind of contest with their fellow Christians.
IV. Next, we come to the type who views every warm
body as a dollar sign.
I Peter 5:2 - 2Shepherd the flock of God which is among