Several years ago a man shared how he went to an auto plant and watched them start with a nut and by the end of the assembly line they had an automobile. He then went on to say all too often in church we start with a nut and years later after hundreds of meetings all we have is an older nut. Many at Parkway quickly got tired of me trying to mobilize them to win souls but my desire is for you to hear well done, not "you worthless and unprofitable servant, what did you do with what I gave you!"
Proverbs 11:30 Spurgeon comments on this text:
"The text does not say, "He that winneth sovereigns [gold coins] is wise," though no doubt he thinks himself wise, and perhaps, in a certain grovelling sense, in these days of competition, he must be so; but such wisdom is of the earth, and ends with the earth; and there is another world where the currencies of Europe will not be accepted, nor their past possession be any sign of wealth or wisdom. Solomon, in the text before us, awards no crown for wisdom to crafty statesmen, or even to the ablest of rulers; he issues no diplomas even to philosophers, poets, or men of wit; he crowns with laurel only those who win souls. He does not declare that he who preaches is necessarily wise; and alas! there are multitudes who preach, and gain much applause and eminence, who win no souls, and who shall find it go hard with them at the last, because in all probability they have run and the Master has never sent them. Solomon does not say that he who talks about winning souls is wise, since to lay down rules for others is a very simple thing, but to carry them out one's self is far more difficult. He who actually, really, and truly turns men from the error of their ways to God, and so is made the means of saving them from going down to hell, is a wise man; and that is true of him whatever his style of soul-winning may be."