“And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.”
There has been an attack against soul winners who talk about their numbers from neo-Baptists. These neo-Baptists who malign those who talk about their numbers often say that it is about the labor and not about the numbers. The reason these neo-Baptists slander those who talk about numbers is because they are lazy and are not doing anything themselves.
In the verse above, Jesus said that some of the seed fell on good ground and that this seed that fell on good ground “bare fruit.” If Jesus had stopped at this statement, we could conclude that it is about the labor because it takes labor to bare fruit. However, Jesus didn’t stop at this statement, but He continued by saying, “…and bare fruit an hundredfold.” Hold on; maybe Jesus is only concerned with the numbers. Maybe Jesus isn’t concerned about the individuals because He brought up that there was an hundredfold. We all know that this is ridiculous because Jesus cared enough for the world that He gave His life, but He also understood the importance of the numbers. Let me share some observations about this topic that will help you to become more fruitful in your soul-winning efforts.
First, it is about the labor AND the numbers. It takes labor to bare fruit, but there is also a purpose of keeping numbers. To think that people will continue to labor if someone is not keeping the numbers is ludicrous and foolish. Numbers reveal the labor as much as labor produces numbers. You cannot have one without the other.
Second, those on the good ground kept the numbers. Maybe those who are only concerned with the labor are not on good ground. My friend, if you are only concerned with the labor, you will not care if your seed falls on the wayside, the rocks, or in the thorns. What makes a person concerned about making sure their seed is on good ground is the amount of the fruit they bare, which means they are keeping count.
Third, somebody had to keep records to know that they bare fruit an hundredfold. Records are the key to bearing fruit. I keep records in my soul winning because it helps me to know who I have led to Christ, and it also motivates me to continue going to see more saved. You must understand that it is a Christlike model to keep records. The Scriptures teach that every person who gets saved has their name recorded in the book of life. This means that God does keep records, and His record keeping is an example to every church and believer to keep records of how many they are seeing saved.
Fourth, keeping records is what motivates or convicts the believer about their effort. If you don’t have numbers to go by, you have nothing to show you how you are doing. Look at the churches and the believers who say it is only about the labor, and I will show you churches and believers whose soul-winning fervor has lessened or completely stopped. The numbers you get from keeping records stirs you to do more or convicts you that you are not doing enough.
My friend, don’t let the lazy, liberal believers who malign people about talking about their number shame you into not keep records of how many you are seeing saved. Yes, it does take time to get an hundredfold return, and it does start with one, but keeping the numbers helps you to be more fruitful in your soul winning efforts.